The name just sounds strong.
It seems to be reserved today for assignment to things like big dogs, the dominant fish in the tank and certain luggage.
Just over 3,000 years ago it was the name given to Israel’s next Judge who was anointed by God to begin delivering Israel from the Philistines. And so he did…
We are in the final week of our Rebound Life series. Life like basketball involves taking shots… and missing shots.
There are a number of reasons why shots are missed. Perception can be off, someone or something can be standing in the way or we can be fouled.
When the shot is missed, for whatever reason, the next move is to go for the rebound. Walking off the court when missing the shot or sitting down and sulking the rest of the game, thinking about how you blew it and what could have been is not productive. Too many men spent too many years on the bench.
Samson took some shots… big shots… risky shots… and he paid. He got benched, but his hair grew back…and so did his vow. I encourage you to read through his colorful 20-year career as Israel’s Judge in Judges 13-16. After initially reading through Samson’s story this past weekend I jotted down a few questions:
- How did Samson make it into the Faith Hall of Fame in Hebrews 11… listed with great men of faith like Abraham, Noah and David?
- Why did he keep going back to Delilah and what was he thinking when he told her the real secret behind his strength?
- When and how did he rebound?
- What am I to learn from Samson’s life?
- Who does Samson remind me of?
One thing stands clear from Samson’s life: Sin is not our friend. It will destroy every chance it gets.
There is so much more… this story is rich.
Join us at the table this week as we finish our series with a man whose life story unpacks the dynamics behind the toughest challenges we face and the greatest victories we enjoy.
I hope to see you early!
I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened, so that you will know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints. Ephesians 1:18
For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places. Ephesians 6:12
If we say that we have no sin, we are deceiving ourselves and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. John 1:8-9