BIBLE READING: Judges 13-15
The roller coaster continues with God’s people. We read about how Jephthah, the son of a prostitute, rose up to lead God’s people as a Judge. He was a righteous leader and led the Israelites back to God. Now in Judges 13 we read, “the people of Israel again did what was evil in the sight of the Lord.” This is where the lesson of Samson starts. God needed a leader and he had a plan for Samson. God’s plan of raising a leader comes in in verse 3 when the angel appeared to Manoah’s wife. God used His angel, Manoah, and his wife so that they could prepare Samson for what was to come. God doesn’t use angelic messengers to speak to us anymore, but His Spirit is at work within us (Ephesians 3:20). Be sure to listen and be open to how God is preparing you, and those around you, to lead others and follow Him.