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He was one of a kind and the strongest person to have ever walked the earth. His strength was not inherited but a gift from God with specific instructions.
According to the biblical narrative, an angel of the Lord appeared to the wife of Manaoh. He told her that she would become pregnant and have a son whose head was never to be touched by a razor because he is to be a Nazirite, dedicated to God from the womb. He would lead the Israelites in delivering them from the Philistines. In the fullness of time, she gave birth to a son and named him Samson. She raised him according to God’s instructions (Judges 13).
God blessed Samson and he demonstrated extraordinary strength. On one occasion, he struck down thirty men and stripped them of their clothes (Judges 14:19). In another instance, he caught 300 foxes and tied them tail to tail in pairs (Judges 15:4), and on another occasion, he used a fresh jawbone of a donkey and struck down a thousand men (Judges 15:15).
Samson Lost His Strength
Samson fell in love with a Philistine woman and told her the secret to his strength. He told her that his hair has never been cut. While he was sleeping, she had his hair cut and his strength left him. Then, she shouted that he should awake because the Philistines were upon him. He awoke and wanted to defeat them, but was too weak. They attacked him, gouge out his eyes, and put him in prison (Judges 16:6-21).
Samson looked at his situation and the cost of divulging the secret of his strength. He realized that he could not turn back the hands of time, but he thought, “if I had one more chance, I would show my enemies that God is loving and forgiving.” And so, he prayed to God, “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).
Samson’s Strength Returned
As the story goes, the rulers of the Philistines were in the temple celebrating Samson’s capture and sacrificing to their god. The people requested Samson be brought from prison and entertain them. The rulers obliged and Samson was taken to the temple. He asked the guards to allow him to feel the pillars that support the temple so that he could lean against them. Bracing himself against them, his right hand on the one and his left hand on the other, he pushed with all his might, his strength returned and the temple came down. All the people were killed, including Samson (Judges 16:29-30).
Consequences of Disobedience
Although Samson did not cut his hair, he put himself in the situation that caused his hair to be cut, thereby disobeying God. As a result, he could no longer use his talent, was blind in both eyes and became a prisoner. The consequences of disobedience are always painful and humiliating.
God is Loving and Forgiving
God’s mercies are new every morning. He forgave Samson, answered his prayer, and restored his strength. Our loving Father gave Samson another chance. His anger will not always last (Psalm 103:9) and His steadfast love never ceases (Lamentations 3:22).
Jesus Has Given You Another Chance
Jesus understands our human frailties and knows that we will make poor decisions occasionally. Hence, He constantly reminds us of His love hoping that when we sin, we will repent and continue walking with him.
You may feel that Jesus has forsaken you because of wrong choices that you have made. Nothing could be further from the truth. He has given you another chance and is waiting for you to accept His offer. When you accept, He will restore all that you have lost and more. Your blessings will be greater than the former. Will you talk to Jesus? Ask Him to forgive you and renew your commitment to do His will.
If you have not accepted Christ as Lord of your life, it is not too late, you can do so today and He will accomplish his purpose through you. Nothing can separate you from the love of Jesus Christ (Romans 8:35-39).