“Out of the eater came something to eat, And out of the strong came something sweet.”
What a paradox!
Just the first line puts your mental faculties to work. The second isn’t any less tasking. Samson staked everything on this particular riddle. Why? His was an experiential one. I dare say it hadn’t happened before, not in all of history.
We can agree that something that’s meant to ruin you (or eat you, in Samson’s case) most definitely shouldn’t produce something notable. If you managed to escape the situation, you’d be perfectly content and grateful.
God did not only enable Samson to rip the lion apart, but when he wasn’t expecting it, Samson found honey.. in the carcass of the lion! Need I say that this carcass had begun to rot. It was also a reminder of the gory encounter.
Samson took the very same path on which he’d met opposition. Not only that, but he turned aside to look at the carcass. For some (and understandably so), it would have been a source of PTSD. Could it be that God is asking you to turn aside? To trust Him that your mess would make a beautiful picture? Maybe it’s something you’d considered ‘dead’ in your life. Give it to God. Perhaps then, you’d land at your own honey mine.
What doesn’t kill you… brings you honey!
Scriptural Reference: Judges 14: 5- 14 (NKJV)