Director, Pinecrest Home for the Elderly
“And he said to them, Out of the eater came forth
meat, and out of the strong came forth sweetness. And they
could not in three days expound the riddle.” Judges
Samson, fearsome judge of Israel, renowned Bible hero of
strength and courage, poses this riddle to the Philistines.
Thirty changes of clothing are promised to them if they provide
the answer, or they must provide the same to Samson. Learning
the interpretation from his wife, they correctly explain it
and receive the promised garments, even the apparel of their
Samson’s earlier encounter with a raging young lion
had given birth to this riddle. The Spirit of the Lord came
upon him mightily, and he tore the beast apart with his bare
hands. Later, passing by, he “turned aside” to
see the carcass and to his amazement he saw within a swarm
of bees and honey. Samson’s riddle would have remained
unsolved, had his wife not deceived him.
Was this riddle, this beehive within a dead lion, a question
which the Lord Himself posed to Samson, and which he failed
A friend once told me of a dream she had, which both frightened
and fascinated her. In her dream she was in her house, being
stalked by a lion. As she would escape and go from room to
room, the lion would reappear each time. I knew instantly
that the lion was her will, and the Lord was challenging her
to conquer it.
As I consider greatly anointed men and women of God, those
in His Word as well as prominent ministers today, I recognize
an undeniable pattern: the greater the yielding, the sweeter
the anointing. One can be mightily anointed of the Lord, at
least for a time, and yet lack the sweetness. The sweetness
is His character, the essence of Who He is - His kindness,
gentleness, and His mercy.
The sweetness is not weakness. Rather, it is His power displayed
in a vessel that has been tempered by the workings of His
Spirit. The power of God without the sweetness will eventually
destroy the vessel.
Because he was the anointed of the Lord, we respect Samson,
much as David respected Saul. The Lord used Samson in spite
of his weakness - his desire for women of a nation who served
other gods - a direct violation of His commandments. But what
would he have been like had he conquered the lion of his will,
his own ways and desires? What sort of deliverer and judge
could he have been? Was there ever another man with the strength
of Samson, the strength even of a lion? We learn from him
that the lion without the lamb nature is a recipe for destruction,
and will always cause us to fall short of His Glory.
I Peter 5:8,9 tells us of another lion who walks about seeking
to devour us:
“Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the
devil, as a roaring lion, walks about, seeking whom he may
devour. Whom resist steadfast in the faith, knowing that the
same afflictions are accomplished in your brethren that are
in the world.”
This lion has been conquered - we need only to resist him.
But the lion of our will must be subdued by us, and through
the Spirit of the Lord within us, we are more than able.
While attending a Benny Hinn crusade, during those moments
of rapturous worship, I saw a vision of eternity. I saw myself
before the throne; I saw the multitudes worshipping. My arms
lifted high, I was standing among tens of thousands, and yet
alone, in complete, unconditional surrender.
In that instant I knew that the bowing of my heart in this
life was my glory. I realized that the surrenderings of this
life are not worthy to even be compared with the Glory, which
is to be revealed in and through us, both now and in eternity.
In those brief seconds, I felt strength imparted to me, and
a revelation of the honor, the privilege it is to bend my
knee in this life, to say “yes” in every way to
the Spirit of the Lord. The elders, who bow and cast their
crowns do so, in response to the revelation of His holiness.
I had been touched by His holiness.
As we behold the Lamb in His Glory, we are changed into the
same image, even as by the Spirit of the Lord. We desire the
honey. We want the sweet anointing of the dove to be actively
working within us, producing substance that others may partake
The riddle has been posed to us, and if we answer it with
the surrendering of our lives, the garmenting of His anointing
will be ours.