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Judges 16:28 – Strengthen me, I pray, just this once, O God…

“Then Samson called to the LORD, saying, “O Lord GOD, remember me, I pray! Strengthen me, I pray, just this once, O God, …””  ‭‭Judges‬ ‭16:28‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

This was Samson’s prayer when he was humiliated by the Philistines. He had lost his eyes. He had lost his great strength. But in the depth of such helplessness, he prayed. Lo and behold, the LORD heard him. And the LORD answered his prayer! Here are 2 lessons I see amongst many in this verse:

Firstly, Jesus taught us to ask, even when it seems ridiculously “out of our mind” to do so. He told us the parable of the friend who came at midnight seeking for some food to entertain his visitor. It was simply unthinkable to make such a request. Yet, the request was granted because of the persistence of the one who asked.

The lesson for us is simply this: we may be brought to a humbled state due to our own folly and we feel “too embarrassed” to ask for God’s mercies. Yet, we ought to ask. Samson did just that and God answered his prayer.

Secondly, God’s grace is amazing & supernatural. God is not obligated to grant sinners any pardon or privilege. Unfortunately, many people only realise this when they are in circumstances similar to what Samson was experiencing. But God’s grace is amazing and supernatural. He did not need to answer Samson’s cry for help. Yet, He did.

This passage exists in the scriptures to help us appreciate the fact that God’s grace was extended to a sinner who called out for help. It was a sinner who ought to be ashamed of all the wrong he had done, all the misuse of gifts and privileges bestowed to him. And this prayer of a totally unworthy sinner was heard by a God who is gracious and merciful. And this God could extend His pardon to sinners was possible because He earned their pardon by His own Son’s  death on the cross.

 

Judges 4:15 – God is in control of all that happens in the universe…

Judges 4:15 “And the LORD routed Sisera and all his chariots and all his army before Barak by the edge of the sword.”

God reigns on His throne in heaven. He sustains the world, operating invisible to our eyes. And He moves the hearts of men to bring to pass the situations He wills on earth.

Sisera was the commander of Jabin’s army. Jabin was the king of Canaan. He oppressed the people of Israel & they cried out to the LORD for help (Judges 4:3). 

Barak was the son of Abinoam (from Kedesh-Naphtali), called by God to gather 10,000 men to fight against Sisera. 

It was the LORD’s will to give Sisera into Barak’s hands. Hence Judges 4:15 tells us that God “..routed Sisera and his all chariots and all his army before Barak by the edge of the sword.” It is clear that Barak’s victory was completely a work of God. 

Whatever your current situation, remember that there is a God reigning on the throne in heaven. He orchestrates the events in this world according to His good pleasure and will. The Israelites cried out to Him and received His help. Cry out to Him and you could received His help too. You need Him on your side for any desired victory. But you can only have access to Him through His Son Jesus Christ. Do you know Jesus? If not, you urgently need to seek Him today.