‘The hair of his head began to grow again.’ Judges 16:22 NKJV
When we think of Samson we usually think about his failures—the steamy story of him and Delilah. It’s true that Samson lost everything: his hair, his strength, his sight, his position, his family, and his reputation. The mightiest man Israel had ever seen was now in a Philistine dungeon: blinded, humiliated, grinding corn like an ox—a laughing stock. But it’s not over until God says it’s over! At his lowest point Samson cried out to God for mercy, and got it. ‘The hair of his head began to grow again.’ His hair, which was the secret of his strength, was restored. And as a result his greatest moments in ministry were his last ones!
Today he is mentioned with honour in Hebrews chapter eleven, alongside the other heroes of faith (see Hebrews 11:32). God’s promise is: ‘Those who wait on the Lord shall renew their strength.’ (Isaiah 40:31 NKJV) You may be hurting right now, but be patient, help is on the way. You prayed, ‘Lord, I’ve fallen and I can’t get up.’ Hold on, God is coming to your aid. He’s coming to deliver you and set you free. He’s going to bring you out, set you free from captivity, and restore you.
In the Old Testament when Job the patriarch was battling boils, bankruptcy and bereavement, he said, ‘All the days of my hard service I will wait, till my change comes.’ (Job 14:14 NKJV) God restored Job and gave him back twice as much as he lost. And He wants to do the same for you. So hold on—help is on the way!
SoulFood: Ezek 37:1–14, Matt 27:50–53, 1 Th 4:13–18, Rom 8:11
The Word for Today is authored by Bob and Debby Gass and published under licence from UCB International Copyright 2023