The name Samson brings to mind a strongman who could do amazing feats. He tore a lion in half. Killed a thousand men armed only with a jawbone. Toppled a temple with his bare hands. Dude had to be shredded, right?
Maybe. But if Samson was jacked like 1970’s Arnold, why did people wonder about the source of his power and strength? Would you ask Lebron how he is able to dunk a basketball? Some things seem kind of obvious.
What if Samson looked more like Woody Allen than Jared Allen? Maybe Samson was just a normal looking, average, unremarkable, or even puny guy. Wouldn’t that 180 the minds of his enemies? Wouldn’t that be just God’s way?
God loves displaying His power in people others consider weak, insignificant or even foolish:
- Noah built a boat—nowhere near water.
- David was a kid with a slingshot.
- Jesus road into town on a donkey.
“But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong.” — 1 Corinthians 1:27
Samson’s strength came from his relationship with the Lord. He didn’t have to be the biggest, fastest or strongest. He just needed to walk in faith. The same things holds true for us. If we stay close to God, we’ll be filled with amazing power and strength.
So I ask you?
What is the secret of your great strength?