Don't learn the hard way 4
'The hair of his head began to grow again.' Judges 16:22 NIV
With regard to Samson, the Bible tells us, 'The hair of his head began to grow again' (Judges 16:22 NIV). The process of renewal was starting. Samson repented, God gave him back his strength, and he ended his life with an inspiring act of heroism.
Maybe you feel like you've messed up so badly that God will never love you and use you again - but remember Samson! God never gave up on him, and he hasn't given up on you. He sees your potential and remembers why he made you: you were created for great things. It's only as you move into the centre of God's will that you discover why you were made. When you do, things will begin to fall back into place. There is something very encouraging about Samson. He's included in God's hall of fame - the panorama of people of great faith detailed in Hebrews 11. Why? Because God can take a person who seems like a total failure and use them to accomplish great things. If he only used people who were perfect, nothing would ever get done. Instead, he uses ordinary people with weaknesses, who sometimes fail in big ways.
So what should you do if you're a Samson? Turn your life over to the Lord. Give him all the pieces and let him put them together. He can give you the power to break loose from the things that are tying you down and preventing him from working in your life. Only God knows your potential, and you will never bring it out on your own. He must do it in his strength - so let him start today!
Soulfood: 2 Kings 21-23, Luke 1:67-80, Ps 144:1-8, Pro 14:1-4