April 7
Judges 13:1-5, 24-25

An unexpected messenger

Gideon had died and the Israelites had started sinning against the Lord again. So the Lord let the Philistines rule over them for forty years.

One day, the Lord’s angel appeared to a woman who had not been able to have children and said, “You will soon be pregnant and have a son. After he is born, you must never cut his hair because he will be dedicated to God.”

When the angel had gone, the woman told her husband Manoah about the message from God. Manoah prayed to God and said, “Please let the man of God You sent come back and tell us how to raise the boy.” So God answered Manoah’s prayer and sent the angel again.

When the boy was born, his mother named him Samson, and the Lord blessed him and made him strong.

Why was Samson not meant to cut his hair?

During the time of Moses, if someone wanted to give himself to God in a special way, he had to follow God’s instructions (Numbers 6:1-8). Any person could take a Nazirite vow to fully dedicate himself to God for a certain time. During that time, he was not allowed to eat grapes or drink wine, nor was he allowed to cut his hair (which was a sign of his dedication to God).

If you would like to give your life to God for Him to use in a special way, you don’t need an outward sign to show others about your dedication to God. People will see your faithfulness to the Lord by the way you live.

However, if you want to do something to remind yourself of the commitment or pledge you made to the Lord, you could write it on a decorated card and keep it in your Bible.

Verse for today

You are to be holy to me because I, the LORD, am holy, and I have set you apart from the nations to be my own. Leviticus 20:26