The secret to Samson's strength

Samson is known as the strongest character in the Bible next to Jesus Himself. In fact, the very name "Samson" means strong or distinguished. Certainly his strength was the distinguishing factor in his life. Samson was the 15 Judge of Israel and showed his strength in many ways. His first display of strength was ripping apart a wild lion. Then he captured 300 foxes and used them to spread fire on his enemies fields. Next we see him use the jawbone of a donkey to kill 3,000 Philistines. The philistines attempted to imprison Samson and he ripped the prison gates off their hinges. And perhaps his most famous act of strength was pushing down two pillars of the pagan temple of Dagon, bringing down upon his enemies and himself as his final act of heroism and strength.

 

So what was the secret to Samson's strength?  It was the spirit of the Lord! The Bible says in Judges 13:24 that "the Spirit of the Lord began to move upon him."  Later when Samson fell into sin with Delilah, his strength began to subside. So the strength of Samson was a supernatural strength. It was God working through him that gave him this advantage of strength. 

 

So it is with us. Without God we can do nothing (John 15:5). With Him we can do all things (Philippians 4:13). You too can do amazing things when you walk in the spirit of the Lord. I have felt and seen this truth played out in my own life. There are times I feel so weak and incapable on my own. Then at others times I feel closer to God and I the same challenge seems so doable. The Spirit of God changes everything. It changes not only what we can do, but why we do it. When we are in that sweet powerful place of walking in the Spirit, we become like Samson. We take on the supernatural ability to face our challenges and overcome them by the grace of God. 

 

So whatever you are facing today, know that you can tap into the same secret power that Samson had. The battle belongs to the Lord NOT YOU. But when you are weak, He becomes strong. In fact God's strength is made stronger in you when you recognize your own weakness. So surrender to the Spirit. Let the Lord have His way in you. And watch your trials become triumphs for the glory of God!

 

Keep looking up,

Gary

 

 

Posted on June 29, 2015 .