He was sore athirst, and called on the Lord, and said, thou hast given this great deliverance in to the hand of thy servant: and now shall I die for thirst?”

Samson was thirsty and prepared to die. The difficulty was different from any which the hero had met before. Merely to get thirst assuaged is nothing like so great a matter as to be delivered from a thousand Philistines! But when the thirst was on him, Samson felt that tiny present difficulty more weighty than the great past difficulty out of which they had so specially been delivered. It is very usual for God’s people, when they have enjoyed a great deliverance, to discover a tiny trouble much for them. Samson slays a thousand Philistines, and piles them up in heaps, and then faints for a tiny water! Jacob wrestles with God at Peniel, and overcomes Omnipotence itself, and then goes “halting on his thigh!” Unusual that there has to be a shrinking of the sinew whenever they win the day. As if the Lord must teach us our littleness, our nothingness, in order to keep us within bounds. Samson boasted right loudly when they said, “I have slain a thousand men.” His boastful throat soon grew hoarse with thirst, and they betook himself to prayer. God has plenty of ways of humbling his people. Dear kid of God, if after great mercy you are laid very low, your case is not an unusual. When David had mounted the throne of Israel, they said, “I am this day weak, though anointed king.” You must expect to feel weakest when you are enjoying your greatest triumph. If God has wrought for you great deliverances historically in the past, your present difficulty is only like Samson’s thirst, and the Lord won’t let you faint, nor suffer the daughter of the uncircumcised to overcome you. The road of sorrow is the road to heaven, but there are wells of refreshing water all along the route. So, tried sister, cheer your heart with Samson’s words, and rest assured that God will deliver you were long.

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