Samson’s Finest Hour
Day: 40 | Plan: Joshua-Judges
Today’s Reading: Judges 16
Judges 16:28 (NIV) “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.’”
In Scripture, when an angel proclaims the coming birth of an individual, it usually signifies the spiritual potential of a person’s life. Samson was such a person. Samson was certainly a man of great potential. Potential strength. Potential deliverance. Potential faithfulness.
But ultimately Samson nearly wasted this God-given potential. He was a man who repeatedly toyed with sin and lacked self-control. Samson’s emotional decisions and reckless passions diminished the power of all God wanted to do through him.
God had rescued Samson from many tight places, and his passions and pride were themes in each of the major stories of Samson’s life. In Judges 16 we see the sad and satisfying conclusion of this would-be deliverer of God’s people.
Delilah is desperate to trick Samson and fill her pockets with silver from her fellow Philistines. Though physically still able to see, Samson remains so blinded by his pride and love for Delilah that he ignores the threat right in front of him.
When he relents and gives her the secret of his strength, his spiritual blindness leads to his physical blindness and captivity. In desperation, he cries out to God for help and strength. It is his finest hour. In a life filled with what-could-have-beens, Samson utters the simple prayer that changes everything.
Samson stretched out his hands and used all his strength to defeat the enemy. God heard Samson and used him to defeat 3,000 of the Philistines in one swift act. The destruction of God’s enemies, the Philistines, was Samson’s purpose. Samson was stronger and did more to accomplish God’s purpose in death than he did in life. (Judges 16:30)
While Samson died in victory, it’s tragic that he lived his life in such moral and spiritual defeat—wasting his God-given gifts on selfish desires and trivial pursuits.
A good ending is noteworthy, but how much more could Samson have accomplished for the Lord if he had asked for God’s strength sooner?
Samson’s story is a sobering reminder not to waste our lives.
It’s right and good to call on God in hard times. Desperate times call for desperate measures. But what if we were more deliberate on a daily basis to honor God? What could we do differently to avoid the desperation altogether? Samson’s life ends as a man who called to God as a last resort not a first choice.
Prayer: Lord, remember me today and strengthen me as I cry out to You. Help me make the most of every opportunity. I don’t want to waste my life on selfish pursuits. But instead, I want to serve You with excellence and integrity today and every day I am given. Help me to use the blessings and gifts You have given me to bring glory and honor to Your name. Lord, please guard my heart against pride and willful sin and reveal to me any area of weakness in me that needs to be addressed. In Jesus’ name, amen.
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