Judges 16:23-31 – One More Time

Read Judges 16:23-31

Samson’s time to judge comes to an end. He spends his final days in the custody of the Philistines who are very pleased with themselves. No sign of his beloved Delilah or any family or tribe members coming to his rescue. What do you think Samson was feeling?

It almost seems that it was in desperation that Samson called out to God. “Sovereign Lord, remember me again. O God, please strengthen me just one more time.” Whether Samson believed it before or not, he clearly realizes now that the LORD was the source of his strength. It’s like he wanted one more chance to be used by God.

This time he wouldn’t take it for granted. This time he was ready to sacrifice his own life. To go out in style, so to speak, may have been on his mind, but it seems like destroying the Philistines was more likely his motive. They not only had cut off his hair which caused his strength from God to leave him, but the Philistines had ruthlessly removed Samson’s eyes. Samson had to be feeling a bit unworthy and incapable of doing anything else of any significance.

Have you ever felt like you were all used up? Maybe you lack the motivation you need to complete some task. (Procrastination is REAL – ask me about a great 3-day challenge I put together for that.) Maybe you’re feeling your age. Maybe you’re just plain tired of doing the same thing over and over without seeing the results you hoped for. Maybe you’re wondering where God is because you feel like you’re all alone.

Recall a time when you said, “just one more time.” I can picture the bedtime ritual when our kids were little. Just “one more story” they would say! When certain chapters in our lives come to a close, it’s natural to want it to continue just a bit longer.

So, too, for Samson. Imagine the scene. Samson’s devotion and faith was strong. His hands were poised against the center pillars. He was ready. And then it happened. “Pushing against them with both hands, he prayed, “Let me die with the Philistines.” Samson believed that God could use him yet again. God listened.

Having the opportunity to be used one more time gave Samson a victory he didn’t live to see. We hear “he killed more people when he died than he had during his entire lifetime.” God did have victory over the Philistines that day even if they weren’t totally annihilated.  

Take some time today to reflect on how you are spending your time these days. Are you giving God the attention he deserves? Do you have a clear idea of how he wants you to be representing him in this world?

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Let’s pray …
Lord, fill me up so that I can feel your fire burning in my soul. I do feel tired but know that I am not used up. Not even close. I look forward to seeing how you will move me in the days ahead. Prepare my heart to serve you in ways I may not feel ready for now. Shine through me over and over again. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

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