We’ve all seen, heard and some of us have even tattooed the phrase,
“Only the Strong Survive”
But what does it really mean to be strong?
And if only the strong survive, then how come His strength is made perfect when we are weak?
In the Old Testament, in the book of Judges, we meet a man named Samson. Samson had the strength to rip a lion’s jaw apart with his bare hands. Samson’s story is sometimes misconstrued and we are led to believe that Samson’s weakness was Delilah, the woman he fell in love with. But we could not be more wrong.
Samson was dedicated to God while still in his mother’s womb. His strength did not come from his hair, his strength came and remained because he kept his promise to God. After Delilah cut Samson’s hair, Judges 16:20 says, “but he did not realize the Lord had left him.” The Lord was the source of Samson’s strength and without Him he was just as weak as any other man.
Fortunately for Samson, we have a merciful God.
Fortunately for all of us, He is the same then, He’s the same now, and He will be forever.
In 2 Corinthians, The Lord says to Paul, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness,” and Paul responded, “Therefore I take pleasure in my weaknesses, insults, hardships, and troubles. For when I am weak, then I am strong.
So I don’t think it’s only the strong that survive. I think it’s the weak. The ones that recognize their strength can only come from God. I think it’s the ones that know their only weakness is thinking that their strength comes from anywhere other than God. The ones that turn to God when they run into trouble.
Samson never asked for his strength back, Samson asked God to “remember him again.”
Be like Samson, you don’t need strength, you just need Christ.