‘We must pay the most careful attention, therefore, to what we have heard, so that we do not drift away.’ Hebrews 2:1 NIV

What if there’s more to staying in tune with God in easy times than meets the eye? Take Samson. If you know one thing about him, it’ll be that he could push a pillar or two (“got to push a pillar or twoooo” - Samson, The Musical).

Samson’s enemies tried time and again to discover the secret of his ridiculous strength. In their final attempt, it was Samson’s own pride that undid him. ‘”I will go out as before, at other times, and shake myself free!” But he did not know that the Lord had departed from him’ (Judges 16:20 NKJV). Look up the story. Surrounded by enemies, covered in honeys (and literal honey - check out Judges 14:8), and his own fame, he forgot that he had been drawing on God’s strength the whole time. Matthew Henry said, ‘Our minds and memories are like a leaky vessel, they do not, without much care, retain what is poured into them.’

Samson’s story is an extreme, but it illustrates quite a lot. If you’re strong at one point, don’t rely on yourself to keep that up. All good comes from God (James 1:7), and He wants you to move forward, not drift back.

What Now?

(HINT: maybe don’t actually do this one, readers.) Go to the gym every day for a year. Get really buff - make sure you’re lifting at least 80 kilos. Then, skip the workouts for six months. Go back in and lift 80k again, immediately. Oh? You broke your arms/back/face? Hmmm, maybe we have to regularly check into the place where we get built up, to be consistently strong... 

 Neh 11-13, Luke 24:36-44,  Ps 60, Pr 22:7-11




Alternative daily encouragement from UCB, adapted from the Word For Today.

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