JUDGES 16:21 "But the Philistines took him, and put out his eyes, and brought him down to Gaza, and bound him with fetters of brass; and he did grind in the prison house. 22 Howbeit the hair of his head began to grow again after he was shaven. 23 Then the lords of the Philistines gathered them together for to offer a great sacrifice unto Dagon their god, and to rejoice: for they said, Our god hath delivered Samson our enemy into our hand. 24 And when the people saw him, they praised their god: for they said, Our god hath delivered into our hands our enemy, and the destroyer of our country, which slew many of us. 25 And it came to pass, when their hearts were merry, that they said, Call for Samson, that he may make us sport. And they called for Samson out of the prison house; and he made them sport: and they set him between the pillars. 26 And Samson said unto the lad that held him by the hand, Suffer me that I may feel the pillars whereupon the house standeth, that I may lean upon them. 27 Now the house was full of men and women; and all the lords of the Philistines were there; and there were upon the roof about three thousand men and women, that beheld while Samson made sport. 28 And 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. 29 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."

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Delilah nagged Samson and nagged and nagged to find out the source of his great strength. The lords of the Philistines had bribed her with the promise of great wealth (eleven hundred pieces of silver each) if she could find out his secret. So she kept at him day and night until he finally broke down and told her that he had been a Nazarite from his mother's womb and if his hair was shaved off he would become weak. Even after his hair was shaved, Samson didn't perceive that his strength had left him. He went out, as at other times, and prepared to fight but his strength was gone. He was captured, blinded, bound and taken to grind at the mill. But God wasn't through with Samson. His hair began to grow and his strength returned. The Philistines gathered to offer sacrifice to Dagon, their god. When they brought Samson out to torment him, he asked the boy that led him to let him feel the pillars of the house. As Samson prayed, his strength returned and he brought the house down on all the Philistines. He killed more Philistines at his death than he did during his life!

When I was in my early thirties the Doctors told me it would just be a matter of time before I would be confined to a wheelchair and then to the bed. I have degenerative arthritis. I was so depressed, I went to bed and practically stayed there for two weeks. I finally decided that as long as I had breath, God must still have work for me to do. Besides, the Doctors didn't know everything and I had two small children to raise! That was twenty years ago and I'm still walking and now I'm helping take care of my grandchildren!

Sometimes we become afflicted or get sick or disabled in some way and we start feeling like our lives are over. We just give up and lay down waiting to die. And sometimes we get weary with all the problems that beset us everyday. We feel overwhelmed and feel like we aren't accomplishing anything so we may as well give up and quit trying. But as long as there is breath, there is a reason to live. As long as there is life, there is reason to keep working. If you are not dead your life still has purpose; God may have some great work for you to accomplish in your affliction or even on your death bed just as with Samson! God will not be finished with us until He calls us home so don't ever give up!




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