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If you’re a football fan you likely recall the 2017 Super Bowl. The New England Patriots trailed the Atlanta Falcons by 25 points with slightly over a quarter of the game to go. Then the unimaginable happened. With precision execution and tenacity, the Patriots overcame the deficit and snatched a victory from the jaws of defeat, winning 34-28. They came back!
Everybody loves comebacks. Even when it happens with an opposing team, hats come off to celebrate comebacks.
There are many stories of comebacks in the Bible. One of the most impressive is found in the Old Testament book of Judges. It’s the story of Samson.
After a miraculous beginning to his life, Samson, the strong man of Israel, lost his supernatural power. His physical strength was sacrificed because of character weakness. Samson ends up captured, blind, and bound by the enemies he had formerly defeated.
But this wasn’t the final chapter of his story. In his pain, Samson prayed a prayer recorded in Judges 16:28 (NKJV) “…‘O Lord God, remember me, I pray! Strengthen me, I pray, just this once, O God, that I may with one blow take vengeance on the Philistines…!’”
With his two hands against the main pillars of the Philistine temple, Samson not only prayed, but he began to push. Judges 16:30 (NKJV) tells us what happened next, “…And he pushed with all his might, and the temple fell on the lords and all the people who were in it. So the dead that he killed at his death were more than he had killed in his life.”
With God’s grace and help, Samson made a comeback. You can too!