When Our Strength Fails: A Lesson From Samson
By Dr. Michelle Bengtson
Do you ever get worn down physically? How about spiritually?
Have you ever “momentarily” dropped your guard and lost your way?
I can recall times when I lost my resolve and responded angrily rather than in love. Or times when for the sake of comfort I distorted the truth rather than have an uncomfortable conversation.
Sadly, I’ve succumbed on many occasions to listening to and agreeing with the enemy instead of doing the sometimes hard work of standing firm on God’s truth.
I’m so grateful that God offers the gift of His grace and mercy. Recently, in a conversation with my youngest son, God gave me the opportunity to teach him that repentance is a gift, not a punishment. God gave us the gift of confession and repentance so that He could exchange our wrongs with His forgiveness in order to repair our relationship with Him.
That gift allows God to grant His forgiveness and wipe our slates clean.
I don’t know about you, but I’m comforted to know that some of the great men and women of the Bible endured situations to teach them the very same lessons I have to learn.
Think of Samson—the strongest man to ever live. God had given Samson a supernatural gift, much like He gives each of us our own unique gifts and talents.
Delilah was fascinated with Samson’s gift. We all struggle with our own issues, so I’m not judging Delilah, but it would appear that she perhaps experienced some envy, jealousy, covetousness, or perhaps some pride. She became obsessed with knowing where Samson derived his strength.
As the story goes, Samson placated Delilah on numerous occasions by telling her ways that his strength might be taken from him. Each time, Delilah then used the information to attempt to do just that—rob him of his gift. Delilah remained persistent in her pursuit of such knowledge. When Samson was finally worn down by her nagging, he shared with her the truth behind his strength.
He momentarily dropped his guard and not only lost his way, but lost his divine gift.
That would be the end of the story were it not for God’s grace and mercy.
Samson recognized his error and brought it before the Lord. He never lost sight of who supplied his strength, and he continued to seek after God.
Just as God has done numerous times for me, and I suspect for you, He did for Samson. He was merciful to Samson. He restored Samson to relationship with Him, and restored Samson’s strength.
Where do you need God’s grace and mercy today? He’s faithful to give it!
Author, speaker and board certified clinical neuropsychologist, Dr. Michelle Bengtson is also a wife, mother and friend. She knows pain and despair firsthand and combines her professional expertise and personal experience with her faith to address issues surrounding medical and mental disorders, both for those who suffer and for those who care for them. She offers sound practical tools, affirms worth, and encourages faith. Dr. Michelle Bengtson offers hope as a key to unlock joy and relief—even in the middle of the storm. She blogs regularly on her own site: http://www.DrMichelleBengtson.com
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