Choices Matter

Tools hanging on a wall.

“Nothing happens until something moves.”
―Albert Einstein


So he told her everything. “No razor has ever been used on my head,” he said, “because I have been a Nazirite dedicated to God from my mother’s womb. If my head were shaved, my strength would leave me, and I would become as weak as any other man.” When Delilah saw that he had told her everything, she sent word to the rulers of the Philistines, “Come back once more; he has told me everything.” So the rulers of the Philistines returned with the silver in their hands. After putting him to sleep on her lap, she called for someone to shave off the seven braids of his hair, and so began to subdue him. And his strength left him. Then she called, “Samson, the Philistines are upon you!” He awoke from his sleep and thought, “I’ll go out as before and shake myself free.” But he did not know that the LORD had left him. Then the Philistines seized him, gouged out his eyes and took him down to Gaza. Binding him with bronze shackles, they set him to grinding grain in the prison. Judges 16:17-21 (NIV)

God provided Samson with supernatural strength. Samson’s hair, though seemingly the source of his strength, was only symbolic, his strength came from God. Samson had the tools necessary to overcome, but he chose not to use them. There is an important lesson to learn from the Samson narrative; the essential tools are readily available for our continued use.

Being outside in the rain with a raised and open umbrella will keep one dry.
On the contrary, being outside in the shower with a closed umbrella will cause one to get wet (Tony Evans, GridIron Men’s Conference, 2019).

God has freely provided every tool that we will ever need to serve, honor, and glorify him. Use the tools.

“Nothing happens until the condition is met.”
Rev. Lewis H Temple III.

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