And the Spirit of the Lord Began to Stir Him
And the Spirit of the Lord began to stir him while he was in Mahaneh Dan, between Zorah and Eshtaol (Judges 13:25 NIV).
It is a blessed thing to have the Spirit of the Lord’s stirring in your life. The very word “stir” makes us feel a movement. Maybe a slight one. But still intense enough for us to feel it. You cannot ignore it anyway. It is a slight unrest. It is a kind of push which says, “Its time to start. Its time to move. Its time to get things done.” And it is the Holy Spirit Who does that in your life. Praise God for His stirring in your life.
Now why did the Spirit of God stir Samson? First of all, Samson had a task ahead. He was born with a mission to fulfill. He would be used by God to begin the deliverance of the Israelites from the Philistines. But how was Samson to know he was to begin, unless the Spirit of God was going to stir him? Are you any better today? No. You too need to know when to begin the task that God has kept for you. The Holy Spirit alone can tell you the right time. When that time comes you will know by His stir in your life.
Secondly, as you read verse 25, it says that Samson grew and the Lord blessed him. Of course, Samson was endowed with great strength of body. That was to equip him for the great physical feats he would perform later. Therefore growth is mentioned here. But can it be applied spiritually to you? Yes. Many times people think that they can do some mighty things for God without growth in their lives. This is not so. The Spirit of God began to stir Samson after he grew. You need to grow in God’s grace and knowledge of God’s Word. Only when you have grown will the Spirit of the Lord stir you.
Finally, that verse again says, the Lord blessed him. Yes, you need the blessing of the Lord on your life. Today, people think of blessing as material, financial or health-related. But as you look at a tragic moment in Samson’s life sometime later it is written: “But he did not know that the Lord had left him” (Judges 16:20z NIV). From that it is clearly seen that the blessing of the Lord is His continual presence in your life. Only when that blessing comes upon your life will the Spirit of the Lord begin to stir you.
Never try to do a work for God unless the Spirit of God stirs you. If you try on your own, you will not succeed for your work will not have God’s approval.