The woman gave birth to a boy and named him Samson. He grew and the Lord blessed him, and the Spirit of the Lord began to stir him while he was in Mahaneh Dan, between Zorah and Eshtaol. (Judges 13:24-25)
Like many young boys, I dreamed of having muscles upon muscles like Samson. While that doesn’t work out for most of us, we are able to imitate Samson in more practical ways. For example, in the passage above, we’re told that the Spirit of God stirred in Samson while he was a child in the town of Mahaneh Dan.
Never heard of the place? Maybe knowing it’s near Zorah, Eshtaol, and Timnah helps? No? That’s actually the point. The towns named in Samson’s story are all roughly two to eight miles from where he was born. It appears he never traveled more than a few miles from his birthplace. Yet what amazing things God did through Samson despite his limited travels.
God may call some of us to distant lands to serve Him. But He doesn’t have to move us all around the world, all around the country, or even all around the state in order to use us greatly. In fact, do you know where God is most likely to use you? Right where you are!
Regardless of where He may move you tomorrow, God wants to use you where you are today! –Dave
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