The theme of this week’s hero’s life would be one of: Reset, Do-over, reboot, and start-again. God’s promise to Abraham is finally being fulfilled. But after many years in their homeland, the Israelites find other invaders also want the land. Of all their opponents, the Philistines are the fiercest and to confront them, the Israelites need a new kind of leader. God sends them Judges, like Samson who is blessed with immense strength but who is tested when his strength is removed at the hands of his betraying lover Delilah. His eyes were gouged and he was taken captive. Samson compromised his devotion as a Nazarite and lost his hair, his strength and his victory. But God… is still in the restoration business.
He became repentive of his sin and evil ways. Samson prayed to God to restore him. God answered that prayer in Judges 16:28-30, “Samson called unto the LORD, and said, O Lord God, remember me, I pray thee, and strengthen me, I pray thee, only this once, O God, that I may be at once avenged of the Philistines for my two eyes. And Samson took hold of the two middle pillars upon which the house stood, and on which it was borne up, of the one with his right hand, and of the other with his left. And Samson said, Let me die with the Philistines. And he bowed himself with all his might; and the house fell upon the lords, and upon all the people that were therein. So the dead which he slew at his death were more than they which he slew in his life.”
Praise God for new beginnings, forgiveness, and tomorrows. Amen?