‘God, give me strength just one more time!’ Judges 16:28 GWT
In prison Samson prayed: ‘Please strengthen me one more time… Then Samson pushed against the pillars with all his might… And the temple crashed down upon the Philistine leaders and all the people. So those he killed at the moment of his death were more than those he had killed during his entire lifetime.’ (Judges 16:28–30 TLB)
How did Samson end up in this prison? Delilah! The Bible says, ‘She nagged at him every day.’ (Judges 16:16 TLB) Satan is persistent, and he waits to catch you in an unguarded moment. That’s why there are certain doors in life you should never open. If you feed the wrong appetite for a day, you can end up struggling with it for a lifetime.
Perhaps you have seen the poster that says: ‘Every morning in Africa, a gazelle wakes up. It knows it must run faster than the fastest lion or it will be killed. Every morning a lion wakes up. It knows it must outrun the slowest gazelle or it will starve to death. It doesn’t matter whether you are a lion or a gazelle; when the sun comes up, you’d better be running.’
The good news is, Samson remembered God! And it’s a wonderful day when you remember God and reach again for Him. Notice that Samson’s greatest victory was recorded in the final chapter of his life after he’d turned back to God. In fact, he is named among the heroes of faith in Hebrews chapter eleven. Regardless of where you are today or what shape you’re in, turn to God. He will help you make a comeback. It’s not too late for you.
SoulFood: 1 Sam 21:1–6, Hosea 6:4–6, Matt 12:1–14
The Word for Today is authored by Bob and Debby Gass and published under licence from UCB International Copyright 2023