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Then & Now - Week of July 13

  • 2009 Jul 13

"Broken is Beautiful"
Judges 16:30-31 (ESV)

There he stood, shamed and humiliated. His eyes poked out by the Philistines, Israel’s bitter enemy. The crowd laughed and mocked both Samson and Samson’s God.

Samson shouldn’t have been there, but a life marked by a thousand poor choices left him in the hands of his worst enemies. But God wasn’t finished with Samson yet.

His last cry was not for mercy. It wasn’t to be set free from his captors. Samson’s last cry was for his life, a life mostly wasted on foolish pursuits, to be of use to His God.

God answered Samson’s request. With one last tug, he pulled the pillars of the mighty Philistine hall. With supernatural strength, the building crashed down on the Philistines, giving Samson and Israel their greatest victory.

Samson got the last laugh. No, actually God got the last laugh. He used a broken, shamed man to bring about His will and reveal His glory. God wasn’t finished with Samson. And now we read about him with honor in Hebrews 11, that great hall of faith.

I know I’m writing to many Samsons today. You might be a young person who has already lived a life of regret. Bad relationships. Substance abuse. Trouble with the law. Kicked out of school. Shamed in the family.

The enemy of your soul says this. He says, “Hey, you’re done.” He laughs a big Philistine laugh, “Look what a mess you’ve made.” But guess what?

God isn’t finished with you yet. In fact, he wants to get glory from the broken pieces of your life. He wants to use you in a powerful way that reveals His strength and your weakness.

Don’t listen to the cries of the enemy. Instead, cry out to God. Ask Him for forgiveness. Plead with Him to bring glory in your humbled situation.

Then stand back and watch as the walls come down.

Daniel Darling is an author and pastor with a passion for young people. He is the author of Teen People of the Bible, a 100-day devotional for teens. Visit him on Facebook by clicking here, or at

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