Samson was miraculously conceived after an Angel of the LORD appeared to his barren mother. The Messenger gave instructions to Samson’s mother about how they should raise the child. “Now, therefore, please be careful not to drink wine or similar drink, and not to eat anything unclean. For behold, you shall conceive and bear a son. And no razor shall come upon his head, for the child shall be a Nazirite to God from the womb; and he shall begin to deliver Israel out of the hand of the Philistines” (Judges 13:4-5).
According to the instruction, Samson would be consecrated and will be a Nazirite from birth. He was not to let a razor come upon his head, drink wine, and eat anything unclean. Samson was a man who received supernatural strength from God to bring hope and freedom to God’s people who were being oppressed.
Samson had superhuman strength; he slew a lion with his bare hands, lifted a city gate off its hinges with his hands, and repeatedly took on dozens of Philistines in physical combat. He was a hero. Despite the fact that Samson’s life was a series of disobedience to God’s commandment, God still worked through his life, and here are a few lessons we can learn from the life of Samson:
You were created for a Purpose. Before you were conceived in your mother’s womb, God knew you and ordained you for a purpose. God chose you and gave you a purpose before you were even born. You have been created in the image of God, and you were made for a purpose. One of the most important things you can do, then, is to find out what your life’s purpose should be and fulfill it.
It is not over until it is over. During Samson’s last days, the Philistines had pulled out Samson’s eyes so he could not see. Then they put him into a mill to work as an animal. After the Philistines had succeeded in capturing Samson, they gave credit for Samson’s capture to their God Dagon.
They made a celebration to honor their God. During this celebration, they called on Samson so they could mock him. It at this time that Samson called upon the Lord one last time. The Lord gave Samson back his strength. Samson then pushed apart two support pillars in Dagon’s temple. As a result, lots of Philistines died (Samson also died alongside other Philistines). This ended the celebration, and it was said that Samson slew more in his death than he did in his lifetime.
Are you at a point in your life where you feel like a failure? Do you feel as if your strength has failed, and you can no longer go through life? Are you weak and tired? It is not over until it is over. Call on God on more time, and He will show up for you. Help is on the way!