”But the hair on his head began to grow again after it had been shaved.” (Judges 16:22)
If Judges 16:20 (…But Samson did not know that the Lord had left him) is one of the saddest verses in the Bible , then the one above is certainly one of the most hopeful.
Many of us are familiar with the story, er, tragedy of Samson, he of the enormous physical strength but weak emotional quotient. The weak strong man, the playboy, the spoiled brat, the angry and immature deliverer of Israel.
His very first words in the Bible reveals his character, ”I saw a woman, now get her for me as my wife.” (Judg. 14:2). His story starts with a woman and ends tragically with another woman.
Sanson’s strength was symbolized by his unshaven hair. The moment Delilah cut it, he became weak. But the Bible tells us his hair began to grow, unknown both to Samson and the Philistines.
Grace begins not at the moment we repent, but the moment we sin. Shocking?! Read the passage again.God is ready to forgive not at the moment we seek it, but when we least deserve it.
Most probably Samson was not aware that grace was immediately available when he sinned, that’s why it took him awhile to ask God to restore his strength one last time to avenge himself against the Philistines (Judg. 16:28). That’s why he had to endure his eyes being gouged out and him being subjected to public humiliation by his enemies. I’m not saying there are no consequences to sin, because there is, but recognizing the power of grace sooner will save us from many unnecessary hurt and pain.
How’s your hair? It may not be as thick or long or shiny or vibrant as before, but the Spirit is whispering, ”it’s growing again.” You need not see it or feel it to believe it, simply trust God’s Word and God’s heart.
You and I have blown it, we don’t deserve a second chance. But God gives it just the same. Praise God grace is not bald!