Broken Strength

Broken Strength

In the opening verses of Judges 16, we witness the unraveling of Samson’s life after the tragic death of his wife. His response to grief and guilt takes a destructive turn, leading him into the arms of a sex worker in Gaza. Let’s explore the events that unfold, exploring the lessons the Holy Spirit preserved for us in Scripture.

A Desperate Choice

“Now Samson went to Gaza and saw a harlot there, and went in to her.” Judges 16:1

Samson, grappling with despair and habit, sought solace in the seedy part of town. His actions, devoid of disguise, revealed a heart calloused by pain. Instead of relying on the Holy Spirit for comfort, Samson turned to familiar, destructive coping mechanisms.

The Town’s Plot

When it was told to the Gazites, saying, “Samson has come here,” they surrounded the place and lay in wait for him all night at the gate of the city. And they kept silent all night, saying, “Let us wait until the morning light, then we will kill him.” Judges 16:2

The townspeople, recognizing Samson’s troublemaker reputation, plotted against him, planning to exploit his weakness after a night of indulgence. Unaware of God’s unique gift to Samson, they intended to strike preemptively. Their ignorance of divine intervention would soon become apparent.

Samson’s Unveiled Strength

“Now Samson lay until midnight and at midnight he arose and took hold of the doors of the city gate and the two posts and pulled them up along with the bars; then he put them on his shoulders and carried them up to the top of the mountain which is opposite Hebron.” Judges 16:3

Contrary to the town’s expectations, Samson did not succumb to sleep after his encounter with the sex worker. Instead, he unleashed his strength, tearing off the city gate’s doors, posts, and bars. This public display of might showcased his physical power but concealed the brokenness within.

Pride as a Hindrance to Healing

Samson possessed the tools for healing through God’s Holy Spirit, yet his pride obstructed the path to recovery. In his pain, he inflicted harm on others and perpetuated his own suffering. It’s a stark reminder of the consequences of unchecked pride and its impact on our relationships.

The Holy Spirit’s Role in Healing

Jesus, in His grace, provides believers with the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit is more than power, He is a guide and comforter. Samson relied on the Holy Spirit as an energy source instead of cultivating a relationship. It wouldn’t be until his life was nearly over, that he sought the Holy Spirit for more than just power, but healing.

Restored Strength

Learning from Samson, it’s crucial for us to rely on the Holy Spirit to navigate our pain and find healing. We must acknowledge our vulnerabilities and turn to the Holy Spirit for strength and healing. Embracing humility allows us to overcome pride and receive the transformative power of God’s Spirit.

Here are 4 things you can do to live humbly through the power of the Holy Spirit:

  1. Seek the Holy Spirit in Times of Pain: Turn to God’s Spirit for comfort and guidance in moments of grief and despair.

    “I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may be with you forever; that is the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it does not see Him or know Him, but you know Him because He abides with you and will be in you.” John 14:16-17 (NASB1995)

    In times of deep sorrow or hardship, actively seek the presence of the Holy Spirit. Pray for comfort, guidance, and the assurance that God is with you. The Spirit, promised by Jesus, is not a distant force but a constant companion, ready to provide solace in moments of distress.

  2. Cultivate Humility and Dependence: Recognize the need for humility, acknowledging our reliance on God rather than succumbing to destructive habits.

    “Humble yourselves in the presence of the Lord, and He will exalt you.” James 4:10 (NASB1995)

    Cultivating humility involves acknowledging our limitations and weaknesses before God. It’s an active surrender, recognizing that true strength comes from dependence on the Lord. As we humble ourselves, God promises to exalt us, not in pride but in a way that reflects His glory.

  3. Use Strength Wisely: If gifted with strength or talents, avoid the pitfalls of pride by channeling them for good and not self-destruction.

    “As each one has received a special gift, employ it in serving one another as good stewards of the manifold grace of God.” 1 Peter 4:10 (NASB1995)

    Recognize and acknowledge the unique gifts and strengths bestowed upon you by God. Instead of using them for self-indulgence, employ these gifts in service to others. By becoming good stewards of God’s grace, we not only avoid the pitfalls of pride but also contribute to the well-being of those around us.

  4. Foster a Teachable Spirit: Learn from Samson’s mistakes by cultivating a teachable spirit that seeks wisdom and guidance.

    “Listen to advice and accept instruction, that you may gain wisdom in the future.” Proverbs 19:20 (ESV)

    Cultivating a teachable spirit involves a willingness to listen, learn, and accept guidance. Seek wise counsel from mentors, fellow believers, and the scriptures. By doing so, you open yourself to the transformative power of God’s wisdom, gaining insights that lead to growth and maturity.

Embracing Transformation through Humility

Samson’s story serves as a poignant reminder of the destructive power of pride and the transformative nature of humility through the Holy Spirit. By applying these lessons and turning to scripture, we can navigate our struggles, fostering healing and growth. May we all learn from Samson’s journey and embrace the transformative power of humility and reliance on the Holy Spirit.

About The Author

Jesse Velez

Although Jesse Velez will forever carry the essence of a Native New Yorker, he currently calls the sun-soaked city of Miami, Florida, his home. Celebrating a marriage of 31+ years to Eusebia, he proudly embraces his role as the father of five grown children. Jesse has cultivated a profound grasp of the Bible over the span of 40+ years, dedicated to following and serving Jesus while engaging in extensive reading and in-depth study of the scriptures.