12 May: Manufacturing Silk Purses

If you’re exasperated with what you see and experience while wondering how things (or people) can ever be different, today’s chapter shows how it’s possible to make a silk purse from a sow’s ear…

READ JUDGES 14  Make notes, if you’d like, of what stands out for you. Feel free to use the “Leave a Comment” box below to also write some of your thoughts.


There is an old saying: “You can’t make a silk purse from a sow’s ear”. It’s a saying that can be true of restoring/changing anything. But it’s often used of some people who just can’t be expected to be anything other than what they currently are. Clearly, they can’t be bettered!

However, today’s chapter is proof that the Creator God is in the business of manufacturing silk purses out of sow’s ears! Samson seems to be headstrong, willful, and probably spoilt as an only son, or only child. With a closer look at the Creator’s rulebook that has been handed down 3500+ years from a man named Moses, Samson would have been educated with it from a young age. Yet he seems to have little regard for the most basic regulations related to “righteousness” within his culture. Still, it seems that Father God is gracious. He can see past our basic composition when He knows what can be made of us, and what part would be good for us to play in HISstory. If we’re at all willing to give our Maker our future, the silk threads in our lives can be woven into something divinely beautiful when in the hands of our Master Craftsman…

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But what about your thoughts – can you tell me what today’s “breadcrumb” is? Leave a note in the “Comments” box below to tell me what you think of today’s chapter.

Wanting to speak directly with the One who took 9 months to create you cell-by-cell? The rest of this webpage uses Jesus’ own prayer to help…[a]


   1.   Praise: “Our Father in heaven, hallowed be Your Name. Your Kingdom come! Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven …”

Yours, Lord, is the greatness, the power, the glory, the victory and the majesty, indeed everything that’s in the heavens and earth. Yours is the dominion, O Lord, and You exalt Yourself as head over all. [1 Chronicles 29:11]

   2.   Ask: “…Give us today our daily bread…”

  • The World: Pray for the people of Egypt[b]
  • Your Country: Those in fear and calling out to God
  • Yourself: Protection from “the evil one”[c]
  • Your concerns for today
This is the confidence which I have before You, Lord: that, if I ask anything according to Your will, You hear me. [1 John 5:14]

   3.   Admit: “…Forgive us our sin as we forgive those who sin against us…”

You don’t delight in sacrifice, my God, otherwise I would give it. You’re not pleased with burnt offerings. The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit. A broken and contrite heart, O God, You’ll not turn away. [Psalm 51:16-17]

   4.   Protect: “…Lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil.”

You’ve told me, Father God, what’s good and what You require of me: to do justice, to love kindness, and to walk humbly with You. [Micah 6:8]

 “For Yours Lord is the Kingdom, the Power and the Glory now and forever. Amen!”

When Jesus was questioned, tested, tricked or in His hour of great need, He always spoke things that were previously written in God’s Word.[d] Following these memory verses from ten topics, will help you learn 52 verses from the bible in a year!  THIS WEEK’S MEMORY VERSE: An Assured Future

Each one should use whatever gift you’ve been given to serve others, faithfully administering God’s grace as it comes in its various forms. [1 Peter 4:10]

[a] Matthew 6:5-15

[b] http://www.operationworld.org/node/168

[c] John 17:15

[d] Matthew 4:4,6,7,10; 11:10; 21:13; and 26:24,31

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