Have you ever found yourself in a place of uncertainty? Have you ever been in a season where it seems like God is a far off? Have you ever thought that God has abandoned, forgotten, or forsaken you? Does it ever seem like God doesn’t hear your prayer and is not doing anything about your situation? I’ve been there. I know how you feel. I understand what you’re going through.
In the story of Samson, there is a verse that is easy to overlook and miss if we are not careful. It is a small, short verse but the point found in it is extremely powerful. Leading up to this verse, Samson has been pestered into telling Delilah the secret of his strength, had his hair cut off, has been captured by the Philistines, has been chained to a grinding wheel, and had his eyes gouged out. This is what the verse says:
But before long, his hair began to grow back. (Judges 16:22 NLT)
Samson was in a hopeless situation. He looked like he had been defeated. It looked as if God had left him. But the Bible says that after all this his hair begun to grow back. Samson had no way of knowing that his hair was growing. He could not see that even though it didn’t seem like it that God was still working. He had no way of knowing that God was doing something behind the scenes. Eventually, God put Samson in a position where he was able to kill more Philistines in one day then he did in his entire lifetime.
Sometimes God will close your physical eyes in order that your spiritual eyes will be opened to see what he is going to do. Even when you can’t see God working, have confidence that He is still moving behind the scenes. Even if it doesn’t seem like anything is happening, God is arranging everything in order to do something in one moment that is greater than anything you could do in your entire lifetime.
Some of you might be in this situation that Samson found himself in. You might be in a place where it seems like God is not doing anything. Take heart. Keep trusting. Don’t lose the faith. Have confidence that God is working everything out for His glory, for your joy, and for the world’s good.