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Remember me
devotion by Sis. Bala Samson
Friday, Dec 16, 2022

Strengthen me, I pray!

Judges 16:28 “Then Samson called to the LORD, saying, "O Lord GOD, remember me, I pray! Strengthen me, I pray, just this once, O God, that I may with one blow take vengeance on the Philistines for my two eyes!"


Oh, what a prayer! Samson pleaded the Lord, ‘remember me!’ Do you think God had forgotten Samson? Never! Even though Samson’s eyes had been plucked off, the Lord’s eyes were fixed on him! Well, we are able to make such a powerful prayer only when we are brought to nothing! With his eyes plucked away, head shaven, bound with bronze fetters and when he became a grinder in the prison, that is when his spiritual eyes looked up to the Creator.

How his heart would have bled to hear the Philistines blasphemy the Lord, praise their god and also call him ‘the enemy!’ The most humiliating moment came when Samson was asked to perform in front of the pagan gods; while the Philistines danced, ate and were having merry. All the while, I guess Samson cried in his heart and repented for his sins. Never despise the dark moments in your life, God does a deeper work in our hearts during such times. Period of adversity, pain and persecution helps us to analyze and set right our lives. It is now that Samson musters all his strength to make the last plea unto the Lord. Samson cried, ‘strengthen me, I pray!’ The man who did great and wonderful works through the power of the Holy Spirit, was now crying for His strength! While locked in the hands of his enemies, he clearly understood that his strength was not in his hair but was in his connection with God. Do you get me? Mathew Henry said: ’If God go, the glory goes, and all good goes. Woe unto us if He departs!’ Our strength comes from the Lord! The Lord tells His people, “I will strengthen you…” (Isaiah 41:10)

Many times, I would have exhausted my natural strength to the maximum, through traveling, fasting and preaching and sometimes I would walk up the stage depleted of all energy. I have sat at times on the platform, wondering if I would ever be able to preach His Word! One look at the congregation and the expectation in their eyes to hear the Word of God, would pump energy into my body. I would get ready to stand against the evil devices of satan to weaken my body. The scripture in Isaiah 40:31 would flash in my mind, “They who wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength.” I don’t remember a day when I was totally delivered from all fatigue, but the moment I start preaching, power would descend from above and replenish the strength enough for the day.


 

ANBE AZHAGE-SHALINA.SAMSON
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