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A gift of hope

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Read: Judges 13:1-7judges

He will take the lead in delivering Israel from the hands of the Philistines. v. 3

When a powerful typhoon swept through the city of Tacloban, Philippines, in 2013, an estimated 10,000 people died, and many who survived found themselves homeless and jobless. Necessities became scarce. Three months later, while the town was still struggling to dig itself out from the destruction, a baby was born on a roadside near Tacloban amid torrents of rain and strong wind. Although the weather brought back painful memories, residents worked together to find a midwife and transport the mother and newborn to a clinic. The baby survived, thrived, and became a symbol of hope during a time of despair.

Forty years of Philistine oppression marked a grim period in Israel’s national history. During this time, an angel informed an Israelite woman that she would give birth to a special son (Judg. 13:3). According to the angel, the baby would be a Nazirite – a man set apart to God – and would “take the lead in delivering Israel from the hands of the Philistines” (v. 5). The infant, Samson, was a gift of hope born in a troubled time.

Trouble is unavoidable, yet Jesus has the power to rescue us from despair. Christ was born “to shine on those living in darkness and in the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the path of peace” (Luke 1:76-79). — Jennifer Benson Schuldt

Lord, help me to see beyond

my circumstances and put my hope in You.

All authority and power are Yours. Remind me

of Your goodness, and let me rest in Your love.

Jesus is the hope that calms life’s storms.

©2017 ODB Ministries, 3000, Kraft Ave., SE, Grand Rapids, Michigan 49555-0001, USA. Used by permission. For this and other materials contact ODB Ministries at 322 P. Guevarra, San Juan City (Phils.); Tel.: 722-2010.

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