Read Judges 13:24-16:31
“And what more shall I say? I do not have time to tell
about…Samson… whose weakness was turned to strength [through faith] . . .” (Heb. 11:32-34).
Where does your strength come from? I don’t just mean physical strength . . . though we dare not ignore that aspect. What about your sense of confidence in life? What about that “sweet spot” where you feel most gifted, skilled, and capable?
Samson was convinced that his power flowed from his long hair . . . the result of a Nazirite vow he had taken.
You may have the feeling that yours is a result of your physical fitness, your education, your technical training, your natural ability, your years of experience, your winsome personality, your good looks, or your commitment to hard work and long hours. If someone would take any or all of those away, you might think you’d be stripped of your strength.
But, did Samson’s strength really stem from hair length? Oh, it’s true that as soon as his long braids were cut, he could no longer overcome his opponents. And yet, there was another force at work here. As he tore apart the lion with his bare hands, when he struck down thirty men, at the time when he killed a thousand men with a donkey’s jawbone, the Scripture tells us in each instance, “The Spirit of the Lord came upon him in power” (14:6, 19; 15:14). You see, God was the source of Samson’s strength and success. And your Heavenly Father is also the spring from which your strength, success, gifting, and skill
Now, here is the tragedy . . . after Samson’s hair had been cut — when his strength was gone — we read, “But he did not know that the Lord had left him.” Had Samson been living so independently apart from God that he couldn’t even notice when God left? Had he been so operating in his own strength that he couldn’t tell that God’s power had departed from him? Had this man of God become something of a practical atheist?
Chew on those thoughts as they apply to you today and seek to consciously invite and live out this truth: “Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power” (Eph. 6:10).