Samson & Delilah: More Than A Story
“The Angel of the Lord appeared to the woman and said to her, ‘It is true that you are unable to conceive and have no children, but you will conceive and give birth to a son. Now please be careful not to drink wine or beer, or to eat anything unclean; for indeed, you will conceive and give birth to a son. You must never cut his hair, because the boy will be a Nazirite to God from birth, and he will begin to save Israel from the power of the Philistines.’…So the woman gave birth to a son and named him Samson. The boy grew, and the Lord blessed him.”Judges 13:3-5,24
1. When the enemy recognises the call of God on our lives and sees our obedience, he will persistently try and wear us out
The Philistines would stop at nothing to discover Samson’s weakness, in order to undermine his strength: “So Delilah said to Samson, ‘tell me the secret of your great strength and how you can be tied up and subdued’” | Judges 16:6
But He said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.’ Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.” | 2 Corinthians 12:9
2. What the enemy intends for harm, God uses for good
“And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose” | Romans 8:28
3. We are called to make an impact that outlasts our lifetime
- We must die to ourselves (i.e. surrender to God’s will rather than our own) to truly live out the call of God on our lives (Matthew 16:24). It wasn’t until Samson finally surrendered to and recognised his need of God, that he fulfilled his purpose.
- What we build in the Kingdom of God is not just for our generation but for the generations to come. God’s intention is for us to produce fruit that will remain long after we have left this earth.
Written by Oyelola
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