Judges 16:4-31

The story of Samson is a story of tragedy and triumph. We see Samson’s tragedy – ‘”I will go out at other times, and shake myself free”. But he did not know that the Lord had left him’ (20). There is a warning for us here. Yesterday’s triumphs do not guarantee today’s victory. Today’s challenge needs today’s grace. We need to keep close to the Lord – ‘His mercies…are new every morning’ (Lamentations 3:22-23). We see Samson’s triumph – In his death, he triumphed over the Philistines (30). What encouragement there is for us here! How often we feel like Samson – ‘seized…gouged…brought down…bound…in the prison’ – going through ‘the mill’ (21)! Satan seems to have the upper hand. We feel so helpless. Satan will not have the last word. Take this for your encouragement: Satan will be ‘thrown into the lake of fire’ (Revelation 20:10).

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