There is a lot of tough talk in Judges 13-16. You feel the high-octane, testosterone-driven banter throughout the story of Samson. The key question revealed at the end of the account is the question Samson never seemed to answer correctly until his grand finale. Delilah asks the question, “Wherein lies your great strength?”
Samson toys with the danger of a surreptitious woman, but the saddest aspect is the realization he never really acknowledges the correct answer in his life. Before he meets Delilah, Samson has a great victory. He kills one thousand men with a donkey’s jawbone. At the end of his vigilante moment, he tosses the crude weapon aside and announces his accomplishment. “I have slain!” There is no acknowledgment to God for His intervention. No sacrifice, no praise, not even a moment of reflection. Notice what brings him to his knees. Thirst conquers the mighty hero. In the face of tremendous victory, he is reminded how fragile his life really is. Thirst chokes his self-adulation. Wherein lies your great strength, O great one, who now scratches at the dust from which you came? Wherein lies your strength, O conquering hero, as you faint lifeless?
It is good to always live in the reality of your identity. God’s strength is made perfect in your weakness. Paul said, “Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me” (2 Corinthians 12:9). “Let not the wise man glory in his wisdom, Neither let the mighty man glory in his might, Let not the rich man glory in his riches: But let him that glorieth glory in this, That he understandeth and knoweth me, That I am the Lord which exercise lovingkindness, judgment, and righteousness, in the earth: For in these things I delight, saith the Lord” (Jeremiah 9:23-24).
Samson was used in spite of his character, but in his final moment, his faith directed his life. He turned to God, his helper. This may very well be the sole reason his name appears in the Hall of Faith. Will you waste your life until your final act all because you fail to glory in God? Will you continue under the false premise of your own abilities? Will you rob God of the glory due to His name?
Glory in your weakness, that the power of God may rest upon you.
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