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Samson disobeyed God.
The great strength God gave him left when his hair was cut. Samson should not have been where he was, doing what he was doing.
Disobedience to God always ends in tragedy.
But Samson's hair began to grow again. He remembered God. When Samson prayed to God, God gave Samson his old strength back again. Samson was able to destroy God's enemies.
It's always good to stop disobeying and pray to God for help.
Prayer: Lord, please help me to obey You today and always. Amen.
It was a terrible storm, blowing down buildings and making rivers overflow. When the storm passed, the king wanted to know how his people were doing. He had his servants pack his stage coach with parcels of food and bottles of clean water and he dressed himself like an ordinary servant so the people would not be afraid.
The king and his two servants had to help the horses through the muddy washed-out trails. They got pretty dirty. When the king met some families huddled together around an open fire, he told them, 'I'm your king. Come over here. I have nice food and clean water for you.' The people looked at his dirty clothes and shook their heads.
'We'll stay by the warm fire,' they answered. 'We are roasting pine cones to eat.'
The king pulled out some parcels and gave them to the people. When they saw what was inside, they knew it really was the king! Rushing over, they thanked the king for caring about their troubles and bringing gifts to help them live.
King Jesus has brought us greater gifts than food and water. King Jesus brought God's grace and God's truth to ordinary people. These are great gifts and we can have them if we want them. Just ask Jesus.
Prayer: Dear Lord, thank You for bringing grace and truth to us. Help me to receive Your gifts and help me to live for You. Amen.
After three days of prayer and fasting, Esther prepared to go in to the king's presence. She put on her royal robes and stood in the garden of the king's royal house. The king saw her standing there. Now was the moment! And it turned out to be a great moment.
The king held out to Esther the golden scepter that was in his hand. This meant that Esther was welcome. She went forward and touched the scepter.
Then the king asked, 'What do you want, Queen Esther? I'll give you anything you ask for - up to half of my kingdom!'
Wow! What do you think Esther asked for? You might be surprised. Esther said, 'I would like the king and Haman to come today to the banquet that I have prepared for the king.'
When Haman heard about the invitation he was thrilled. He felt so important. A banquet with the king and queen! He was so happy. The only thing that bothered him happened after the banquet. When Haman passed the king's gate on the way home, there was Mordecai the Jew - and Mordecai didn't bow!
Prayer: Dear Lord, I'm so glad You know all the dangers Your people face and You give us wisdom to deal with them. Amen.
The story of Queen Esther takes us back nearly 500 years before Jesus was even born. It's a story about an ordinary kind of girl who first became Queen, then became a great hero by risking her own life to save her people. You can read the whole story in the Bible, in the book of Esther (imagine - a book in the Bible named in honor of this great lady.)
God's people, Israel, were in captivity in Babylon, whose ruler was called Ahasuerus (also known as Xerxes.) He was a hard man and when his queen Vashti didn't do what he wanted, he threw her in prison and began to look for another queen.
All the lovely young women were brought before this wicked king. He finally chose one - yes, it was Esther. The king didn't know that Esther was a Jewess and that she would always obey God before any earthly king. And that's how Esther's great adventure began.
Prayer: Father, thank You that You are a great God and a great King above all gods. Amen.
'There are many large animals in Africa,' Aunt Charlotte told Helen. 'Buffalo, elephant, lion, rhino, hippo, giraffe, crocodile ñ many many large animals. But you know, Helen, it's the smallest ones that give us the most trouble.
'Smallest ones?' Helen was puzzled.
'Yes. For example, mosquitoes are really small compared to an elephant. But those little mosquitoes carry the deadly malaria germ. One bite can make us very sick.'
'That's like what out Sunday School teacher said about big sins and little sins. She said we usually avoid big sins like stealing or murder. But the little sins like telling a small lie can do us a lot of harm.'
'She's right,' Aunt Charlotte replied. 'Once, in Africa, I had to walk through the bush. I was carefully watching out for boa constrictors, big snakes that wrap around you and crush your bones. I kept my eye on the trees where they often hang. I wandered off the path and didn't see the little green scorpion. He bit my ankle and I was in bed for a week.'
'That's terrible,' Helen said.
'Yes,' Aunt Charlotte agreed. 'But it taught me to stick to the path. I've never been bitten since.'
Prayer: Lord, I want to walk in Your path. Amen.
Amongst the many laws of the kingdom there was one which stated that nobody, including the queen, could appear before the king unless he commanded it. Any person who did appear before the king was risking the death penalty.
Esther knew the king loved her. But he always followed the law. She also knew that only the king could deal with Haman's wicked plans. She had to talk to the king. But he hadn't commanded her to come. Should she risk her life by going anyway?
Esther knew very well that King Ahasuerus trusted Haman and his advice. If she walked into the king's presence, she had no way of knowing whether he would accept her - or have her put to death for breaking the law. But if she didn't talk to the king, all the Jews in the kingdom would be killed.
Esther had a big decision to make.
Prayer: Lord, give me courage to do what is right. Amen.
Aunt Charlotte, a missionary in an African country, was home for a break. Helen was happy. She liked Aunt Charlotte and especially liked the stories she told. But Aunt Charlotte was only staying with them for a couple of days.
'I hate having to go to school when Aunt Charlotte's here,' Helen told her Mom. Aunt Charlotte heard her and shook her head.
'Please don't say that Helen dear,' Aunt Charlotte's eyes filled with tears. 'In Africa, there are nine million children who can't go to school because their mother has died of AIDS. Most of them have to look after their families or work just to have something to eat. They love to go to school and if they could go, they wouldn't miss school for anything.' Aunt Charlotte dabbed her eyes. 'You can thank God for school - and pray for these dear African children.'
After that, Helen didn't mind going to school at all.
Prayer: Dear Lord, You bless me so much with health and a good place to live. Please bless every African child. And thank You that I can go to school. Amen.
Jerry and his Dad were camping in the wilderness. It was Fall and this would be the last trip together before the school year started again. Lying in his tent, gazing at the black star-studded sky through the tent door flap, Jerry wished the trip would last forever. Smiling at that thought, he fell asleep.
'Wake up, Jerry.' Dad was pushing him roughly. 'Get out. Get to the stream. Forest fire.' Dad didn't even give Jerry time to get dressed. He hauled him to his feet and pushed him outside. 'Quick, to the stream. Run downstream. Don't stop.'
Jerry started to run, then stopped. Where was Dad? 'Move it, Jerry,' Dad yelled. 'I'm going back for the cell phone.'
Jerry splashed through the water, sometimes tripping, sometimes plunging into deep holes. On he went. Finally, he could slow down. Looking back, he saw an inferno of flame. But no Dad.
'Oh, God, don't let Dad get hurt. Don't let him...' Jerry couldn't finish the prayer.
All day, Jerry waited. He was lost. Hungry. And he knew that without Dad, he would never find his way out of the wilderness. It was almost dark again when he heard a sound and saw a dark shadow rushing towards him. Jerry was too tired, and too scared to run.
'Jerry!' It was Dad. He was covered in ash and limping. 'A burning tree fell on me, but here I am.'
'Thank You, Lord,' Jerry whispered. He buried his face in his Dad's shoulder and hugged him tight. 'I'm glad you're okay, Dad. You'll be able to get us home.'
And Dad did!
Prayer: Dear Heavenly Father, thank You that You keep us safe and lead us home. Amen.
Billy was having trouble with his computer. The mouse pointer jumped around in hops and jerks. He couldn't move it smoothly.
'I know what's wrong.' Jessica, Billy's sister picked up the mouse. 'This mouse is dirty.'
Billy grabbed the mouse and polished it with a cloth until it gleamed. He tried again. The mouse still didn't work right.
'Let me have it.' Jessica took the mouse, twisted the bottom panel open and let the ball fall out. 'See the dirt inside?' she asked.
Billy nodded. He could see the three rollers inside were full of dust.
Carefully, Jessica scraped off the dust and replaced the ball and panel. 'Try it now,' she said.
Billy tried it. The mouse worked perfectly.
Prayer: Dear Lord, thank You that You clean my life from the inside, and make me fit to serve You. Amen.
It was a good fishing trip. But the sky darkened. 'Storm coming, Billy,' Dad muttered. 'Time to get off the water and head for home.'
Billy helped Dad pack the gear in the car trunk alongside a closed bucket with water holding the fish they'd caught. Then they strapped the canoe to the roof rack and set off.
Before the car got clear of the bush and reached the highway the lashing rain had turned to wet swirling snow. Soon, Billy and his Dad were lost. 'Have to wait out the storm, son. Shouldn't last more than an hour.' Dad sounded worried.
'Let's have a picnic, then,' Billy suggested. 'We'll eat fish.'
'Raw?' Dad asked. 'I don't even have matches to start a fire.'
Billy bowed his head in silent prayer. When he raised his head, he smiled. 'It's dry under that tree, Dad,' he said. 'You get the stuff for the fire and I'll light it.'
'Going to rub two dry sticks together?'
'No. When I prayed just now, I remembered that you always told me not to touch the cigarette lighter in the car. It's never been used, so it should be in good shape. I think God reminded me about it.'
'Good idea, Billy,' Dad said. 'Let's get the picnic rolling.' And they did.
Prayer: Dear Lord, thank You that we can ask You for guidance - and You give it. Amen.
It happened at the 2008 Olympic Games. Sara Renner, a member of Canada's Cross Country skiing team was leading her part of the race when her ski pole broke. An onlooker quickly handed Sara another pole and she was able to continue and make up ground. Canada won a Silver medal, coming in second in that event.
The wonderful part of this story is that the onlooker was one of the opposing team's coaches, Norwegian Bjornar Haakensmoen. By his action, the Norwegian coach showed the true Olympic spirit of pure sporting competition. Norway didn't win. But everybody, Canadians, Norwegians, and all other countries in the race honor what Bjornar Haakensmoen did when he made it possible for an opposing athlete to compete in a fair manner.
Prayer: Dear Lord, help me to do the right thing to help others in need. Amen.
Naaman, an important officer in the Syrian army, had come to Israel for one purpose. To be healed of leprosy. God used the prophet Elisha to heal Naaman. Now Naaman was healthy and strong. What would he do next? He was probably eager to go home to his family and friends and say, 'Look! My leprosy is healed.' But there was something else that Naaman did first. He went back to Elisha's house.
'Please take a gift from your servant,' Naaman begged Elisha. He wanted to show his gratitude. But Elisha would take nothing.
'Then please give me two mule-loads of earth,' Naaman asked, 'for I will no longer worship or offer sacrifices to other gods, but only to the Lord.'
It was as if Naaman wanted to take a little piece of the Holy Land back to Syria with him so he could offer worship to God on Israel's soil. Naaman really meant business about worshipping only the Lord God.
Prayer: Lord, give me a heart that is grateful for all Your goodness to me and help me to worship You alone. Amen.
Naaman's servant, a Hebrew slave girl, told him, 'the prophet of my God will cure your leprosy.' Full of hope, the Syrian army officer traveled to Samaria. Instead of going to the prophet, however, he went to the king. Maybe he thought the king could help him.
The king couldn't help. But Elisha, God's servant, heard about Naaman's need and sent for him. Naaman went to the prophet's house - and because very angry when the prophet sent a servant to answer the door and tell Naaman to go dip in the River Jordan seven times.
'He should have come to the door himself,' Naaman thought. 'I can bathe in my own Syrian river.' And he turned to go home, still not healed.<br><br>One of Naaman's servants coaxed him to do what the prophet had said. Finally, Naaman agreed. He went to the Jordan River and stepped into the water. Six times he dipped right under and came up again. He still had leprosy. The seventh time, when he came up, his skin was healed. His leprosy was gone.
Naaman knew it wasn't the water that healed him. It wasn't Elisha the prophet. It was the God of Israel Himself who had healed Naaman.
Prayer: Lord God, thank You that You are able and willing to help those who humbly ask for Your help and follow Your word. Amen.
If somebody took you from your family, your home, and your country and made you work as a slave in an important army officer's house, how would you feel? Angry? Full of hate? Determined to do as little as possible to help the people who made you a slave?
Or would you be like the young Hebrew girl in today's story who worked for Naaman, an officer in the Syrian army?
Naaman had leprosy, a horrible disease. His Hebrew slave knew the God of Israel could heal Naaman. Would she tell her master? Would you?
The young slave girl did tell Naaman because she knew that God loved Naaman and wanted to heal him. She told her master to visit Elisha, God's prophet who lived in Samaria.
Samaria was a long trip. They had doctors in Syria, although none of them could heal leprosy. Would Naaman believe the little servant girl?
You can read the story in 2 Kings 5 to find out - or you can wait and read tomorrow's story.
Prayer: Lord, thank You for this little girl's faithfulness to You. Help me to be like her. Amen.
It was a sad case. A woman had been sick for twelve long years and she could not find a doctor who was able to help her. Weak through loss of blood, she could hardly stand, let alone press through the crowd to get to Jesus. But somehow, she got close enough that her fingers touched the hem of His robe.
'What good would that do?' somebody may ask. Well, the moment the sick woman's fingers touched Jesus' robe, two things happened. Jesus stopped, turned, and looked through the crowd right at her. 'Be of good cheer, daughter,' Jesus said. 'Your faith has made you well.'
That was the first thing. The second thing was that right away, the woman was made well. After twelve years of suffering she was healed in a moment.<br><br>Only God could do such a thing. And the people who saw it happen knew that Jesus was God.
Prayer: Lord Jesus, thank You for who You are. Amen.
When the boys showed up in Mr. Jones' melon patch, they didn't get melons. They got caught!
'Up to my house, boys.' Mr Jones ordered. He and his helpers marched the boys to the farm house and led them into the kitchen.
'You have a phone?' one boy asked.
'Why? You want to call your parents?'
'Are you going to turn us over to the police?'
Mr. Jones studied the frightened boys. 'Do you think that would be the right thing to do?'
No answer. Then one boy asked, 'What are you going to do to us?'
'I'm going to sit you around this table. And Mrs. Jones is going to give you a treat.'
A smiling Mrs. Jones plunked a huge platter of freshly cut watermelon in front of the boys. 'Boys, eat all you want,' she said.
When they finished, Mr. Jones said, 'Any time you want watermelon, come and ask. You can have it free. Now, I want each of you to promise that before you decide to steal again, you'll first ask yourselves the question, 'Do I want to be turned over to the police?'
Each of the boys promised.
'Okay,' Mr. Jones said, 'Off home with you. I won't tell your parents. But I think you should.'
Jake Peters, Winnipeg, Canada
Prayer: Dear Lord God, thank You so much for Your mercy and forgiveness and loving kindness. Amen.
'I don't like it when Dad is away,' Billy complained. 'I wish he would phone so I could hear his voice. Or even send us a card.'
'He'll be home in a few days,' Mom reminded Billy.
'The house feels empty without him.' Billy went on as if he hadn't heard Mom. 'I feel empty.'
'I'll make you a special breakfast, Billy,' Mom said. 'Your favorite. French toast. As many slices as you want.'
Billy ate five slices. He patted his stomach. 'Boy, do I feel full.' Then he remembered Dad was away. 'But I still feel empty, too.'
'I don't think more toast will help.' As Mom spoke, the telephone rang. She smiled. 'Maybe this call will fill you up.'
Sure enough, it was Dad. After he spoke to Billy, Billy felt much better.'It's like the Bible verse we are memorizing,' Mom said. 'You know. Luke 4:4 where Jesus said, 'Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word of God.' We need to read God's Word and speak with Him every day.'
Prayer: Dear God, thank You that I can read Your word and speak to You every day. Amen.
Everybody in the class knew the answer. Everybody spoke it out at the same time.
'One at a time, please. I can only hear you, one at a time.' The teacher smiled. 'Only God can hear every voice at once and still understand.'
Billy thought about that on the way home from school. At home, he asked his Mom. 'Does God really hear me when I pray?'
Mom took her Bible and read Matthew 6:6,7. 'I don't know how God does it, but He definitely hears every person who closes the door and speaks to God in private prayer,' she said. 'Maybe it's like when we phone Aunt Avril. We're here in Canada and she's in Scotland. Millions of people are in both countries. Yet, through the telephone line, I myself can speak to Aunt Avril herself.'
'I guess God doesn't need telephone lines,' Billy answered. 'I'm glad He hears me when I shut my door and pray.'
Prayer: Heavenly Father, thank You that You hear and answer prayer. Help me to 'shut the door and pray' every day. Amen.