Samson stands out as one of the heroes of the Bible. His name means “shining like the sun.” Samson is the one that all boy in Sunday school wants to be. He has been called the Hebrew Hercules. Samson could fight lions with his bare hands, tear up posts made to withhold an army and pull down a temple. What strength, what a hero!

Samson was blessed. He had godly parents who sought God’s instruction on how to raise him (Judges 13:8). Furthermore, they set an example for him. They weren’t “do as I say, not do as I do” parents (Judges 13:13). He was raised a Nazarite. He took a pledge to abstain from fleshly desires and to stand out in the crowd as someone dedicate to God. He had enormous physical strength, and more importantly, the Spirit of God empowered him. If fact, the Holy Spirit is mentioned more in the story of Samson than the rest of the book of judges combined.

Samson, however, faced a battle that we all face. Often we master one area of our life to fail in another. We manage our finances well, but not our health. We invest in our work life our but not our marriage. We keep our anger under control but not our greed.

As Samson hits middle age, he begins to give into his lusts and compromise his vows. After twenty years of fighting the Philistines who were still in the land, he decides to marry one. The marriage doesn’t last long, and he gives her away to one of his friends. Then comes along Delilah, who tricked him time and time again. Eventually, she cuts his hair and hands him over to the enemy. After years of spiritual neglect Judges 16:20 says, “He awoke from his sleep and thought, “I’ll go out as before and shake myself free.” But he did not know that the LORD had left him.”

The Philistines didn’t kill Samson; they rather blinded, bound and mocked him. On the great feast day for Dagon. They brought Samson into the temple to mock him further, but “Then Samson prayed to the LORD, “Sovereign LORD, remember me. Please, God, strengthen me just once more, and let me with one blow get revenge on the Philistines for my two eyes.” (Judges 16:28). God granted his request and that day became his greatest victory. God alone can take your hour of greatest defeat and turn it into your hour of greatest victory.

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Many of us, like Samson, lose the zeal we once had for God. We too over time can begin to compromise with the world, until we become just like them. Maybe you remember how God used to use you, but think you have drifted too far to be used again. Perhaps you believe that the sin you’ve committed separates you from God. The lesson we learn from Samson is that God is only a prayer away.

 

 

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