“And the Spirit of the Lord came mightily upon him” (Judges 14:6).

The name ‘Samson’ has derived from the Hebrew word ‘Shemesh’. ‘Sun’ is the meaning of the word ‘Shemesh’. So the name ‘Samson’ gives the meaning ‘small sun’ or ‘son of the sun.’ Even before the birth of Samson, his parents knew that he will be a strong person at his time and so they chose that name.

God loved Samson immeasurably. He also chose him as a judge. The Scripture says, “....the Spirit of the Lord began to move upon him” (Judges 13:25), “Then the Spirit of the Lord came upon him mightily” (Judges 14:19) and “And the Spirit of the Lord came mightily upon him” (Judges 14:6).

There is a big difference in the Holy Spirit descending during the time of the Old Testament and the New Testament. During the time of the Old Testament, the Holy Spirit will disappear after completing the mission for descending. The person on whom it descended will get strengthened in his weakness. But once the Spirit leaves, they will come back to their original condition. Twelve heroic deeds of Samson have found place in the Scripture.

Where else in the New Testament, the Holy Spirit is not one to come and go that way. He is the one to dwell in you eternally. When Jesus promised about the Holy Spirit, He said, “And I will pray the Father and He will give you another Helper, that He may abide with you forever” (John 14:16). Notice that He says, “He may abide with you forever.”

One, who is with you, dwells in you. It is your body in which the Holy Spirit dwells (I Corinthians 3:16). When the Holy Spirit indeed dwells in you, how greatly you have to protect your Spirit, soul and body in holiness! How blessed it is for the Spirit of glory to dwell in these cheap vessels of mud! He dwells in you, brings the divine characteristics into you and transforms you.

Dear children of God, you should never make the Holy Spirit grieve, never allow the Spirit to extinguish in you and never entangle in sins which will make the Holy Spirit move away from you. In the Old Testament, If Samson was able to do so many heroic deeds with the help of the Spirit in him, in the New Testament how great things you could do through the Holy Spirit who dwells in you. Jesus said, “Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in me, the works that I do he will do also and greater works than these he will do, because I go to my Father” (John 14:12).

To meditate:- “…but tarry in the city of Jerusalem until you are endued with power from on high” (Luke 24:49).