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Scripture: Judges 15:16 - Then Samson said: With the jawbone of a donkey I have piled them in a heap. With the jawbone of a donkey I have killed 1,000 men.

Reflection: Samson’s boastful declaration after defeating 1,000 men with a donkey’s jawbone reveals his pride. This self-glorification highlights his reliance on personal strength rather than acknowledging God’s empowering presence.

Devotional: Samson’s victory over the Philistines is remarkable, yet his reaction reveals a significant flaw—pride. Instead of giving glory to God, Samson takes credit for the victory, illustrating his self-centeredness. This pride not only distances him from God but also sets the stage for further downfalls.

Unchecked pride is dangerous because it blinds us to our dependence on God. It leads us to believe that our successes are solely the result of our efforts, ignoring the divine support and guidance that truly empower us. Samson’s story serves as a reminder to remain humble and to give God the glory for our victories.

Reflection Questions:
In what areas of your life have you taken credit for successes that belong to God?
How can you practice humility and acknowledge God’s role in your achievements?

Practical Application:
Make it a habit to thank God daily for the blessings and victories in your life, recognizing His hand in all things.
Practice humility by serving others and putting their needs before your own.

Prayer: Father, help me to recognize and give thanks for Your role in my successes. Teach me to walk humbly before You, acknowledging Your power and grace in every aspect of my life. Amen.