A few days ago, I sensed the Lord leading me to look at the story of Samson. As I was getting ready for the day, I had a picture in my spirit of Samson captured and put in prison; pushing that mill to grind the grain. Eyes gouged out by his enemy, the Hero appointed by God to subdue Israel’s rivals, now reduced to slave labor for those Philistines.
The story is found in Judges 16 and in verse 22 it says that his hair started growing back as he was stuck in prison, grinding the grain. As I pictured him chained in that dark dungeon, unable to see the physical world around him, I imagine that he must have started thinking about his original call. I wondered if he considered where he first abandoned the vision of God for His life?
From birth he was set apart to be used by the Lord, now here he finds himself struck with blindness. Wasn’t it his wandering eyes that caught the sights of Delilah that made him forget about his real purpose, in the first place?
What was interesting to me, as I paged through the book of Judges this afternoon, is a common phrase that seems to appear in many of the chapters; in those days Israel did not have a king, everyone did what was right in their own eyes.
My heart felt arrested by this phrase. Since being in lock-down, not really understanding the impact that this pandemic will have on the world has felt like a season of uncertainty. A season that certainly has an element of blindness or darkness. A season of not knowing what is going to happen next. I really sensed that God was leading me to this question: Are you going to abandon the vision? Will you be faithful with the call that I have set you apart for?
During this time that Samson lived, Israel had entered the Promise Land that God had given them, but they were having a little trouble occupying the land. There was no king to lead them. But we have a King. When we keep our eyes on Him, we will occupy the land He has purchased for us with His own life. This is an impossible task if we are only focused on doing what is right in our own eyes.
Today, I am challenged to re-engage with the call of God on my life. I will not abandon the vision that the Lord has given me, because I am following after Him. I will go after it with all of my heart, knowing that I am walking in the path that He has prepared for me. With my eyes fixed on Him, I will occupy the Land that He died to give me.
Judges 16:30 says that Samson killed more people when he was blind than he did in his entire life. Now that may seem a little gloomy, and though I am not prophesying gloom and doom ahead, there is something that really struck me about this verse, and it is this: when we die to our own sights, and surrender it to our King, we will accomplish more in a short space of time, than in a life time of going our own way.
I believe that there are amazing things waiting for us post corona-virus-isolation. This time of blindness, or seeming darkness, is a gift; a holy moment to come away from our business and look for the eyes of the King. It’s time to go back to the original call. What have you asked me to do, Lord and how have I missed it? How have I added to or diverted from the plans you have written on my heart?
It’s time to fix our eyes on the King. Jesus modeled this way of life for us:
“So Jesus said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, the Son can do nothing of his own accord, but only what he sees the Father doing. For whatever the Father does, that the Son does likewise. For the Father loves the Son and shows him all that he himself is doing. And greater works than these will he show him, so that you may marvel.”
John 5:19-20 ESV
Can I encourage you to not get sidetracked by current events? Ask the Lord where you need to invest your time and attention. Honor the call He placed on your life and follow Him as He leads you forward in perfect peace.
Greater things are yet to come!
Today I hear the Father say: “My Brave One. Glorious days await as you align your plans with the dream in my heart for you. Pay no attention to days of uncertainty, but find me in the secret place. Ask me, and I will show you great and mighty things that are yet to come. What do you have to fear, when I am your protector and the fiercest defender of your life? Don’t abandon the vision I have written on your heart. Now is the time to walk in your true purpose. Believe, Beloved.” ❤