Pastor's Notes

I am Dead-tired!

May 9, 2017

"I am Dead-tired!"

I can't tell you how many folk I have heard use this expression. As I was thinking about that expression this week, I checked the Bible for any such reference. In Judges 16:16, it seems Samson was "tired to death" at the "nagging" by Delilah about the source of his strength. In his weary state, Samson shares that his hair has not been cut, and if it were cut, he would lose his strength.

The story of Samson and Delilah was one of the earliest Bible stories I can recall from a Children's Bible Story book my mother would read to me. I remember the old film adaption of this story. As I recall, I was moved to tears when Samson pushed those mighty pillars and not only killed the evil Philistines, but also himself in it.

Tragedies such as in this story usually teach lessons, perhaps more than one. The first lesson that I want to focus on is that when tired, we yield to decisions that are not in our best interest or are clearly not in line with God's plan for our lives. The Grace aspect of that story is that God can redeem our situations.

I believe that sometimes we can become so busy, i.e. Busy-work, that we can become "dead-tired". I take this passage as a challenge to work smarter at the things that make disciples of Jesus Christ.

Samson's hair re-grew. His strength returned. He was wiser at the close of his life. May we treat Sabbath time wisely! May we pursue balance in our Mary & Martha struggles!

"But those who trust in the Lord will find new strength. They will soar high on wings like eagles. They will run and not grow weary. They will walk and not faint." (Isaiah 40:31 NLT)

Blessings, Richie

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