Samson the Ant

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AN AMAZING FACT:  Ants are incredibly strong compared to humans; they can lift and carry loads up to 50 times their own weight … and some say it’s really 500 times. They will frequently pick up another ant from their colony and give them a ride in their mandibles; an ant is an easy burden compared to some of the large caterpillars and other dead insects they have to bring home.

Ants are everywhere. Perhaps it is because there are 35,000 different types of them in the world, with 60 species in North America. Ants have two stomachs. One is for them, and one is to feed others from. The ant also has the largest brain in proportion to its size. They are incredible little creatures. And they are strong. Even a conservative estimate of lifting 10 times their body weight is amazing. That means if you had the strength of an ant and weighed 100 pounds, you could lift 1,000 lbs. Not only that, but ants can drag an object far above their body weight! Could you drag more than a ton of weight around?

The book of Judges introduces us to the strongest man who ever lived—Samson. His life is filled with fascinating stories of defeating lions, catching 300 foxes, and killing a thousand men with the jawbone of a donkey. Samson was incredibly strong, but his strength did not come from within himself. The Bible says, “And the Spirit of the Lord came mightily upon him” (Judges 14:6). God was the source of Samson’s strength.

You might not be strong compared to other humans or even ants. But like the mighty ant, God can give you strength to deal with your enemies. Unfortunately, Samson did not always use his strength to the glory of God. Learn a lesson from Samson and from the humble ant.

KEY BIBLE TEXTS
Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. Ephesians 6:10


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