Samson: Man of Great Potential

John Koedyker

READ : Judges 13:1-7, 24; 14:1-4

The woman bore a son and called his name Samson. And the young man grew, and the Lord blessed him. (v. 24)

Of all the judges, Samson seems to be the one most well qualified to do the job. He was
born into the home of believers who honored the Lord, believed his word, and obeyed it.
They raised their son as a Nazarite, a specially-called man of God. The Spirit of the Lord
was with him and Samson became known for his superhuman acts of strength.

A strong leader seemed to be just what Israel needed at this particular time. Samson’s
calling was to defeat and drive out the Philistines who continued to be an evil influence
on the Israelites. However, Samson never realized his potential as a leader. Most of
Samson’s feats were impulsive solo acts. He never gathered an army to follow him. He never
grew into maturity. He never brought lasting deliverance. And on top of that, he was
always getting distracted—mainly by women. Such great potential and so little to show
for it!

We may not have Samson’s strength, but God has given all of us gifts and abilities to
use for good. We all have such great potential. The question is, are we using what God has
given us, or are we wasting it?


Lord, help me to use my abilities for good. Amen.