One day Samson went to Gaza, where he saw a prostitute. He went to spend the night with her. The people of Gaza were told, “Samson is here!” So they surrounded the place and lay in wait for him all night at the city gate. They made no move during the night, saying, “At dawn we’ll kill him.”
But Samson lay there only until the middle of the night. Then he got up and took hold of the doors of the city gate, together with the two posts, and tore them loose, bar and all. He lifted them to his shoulders and carried them to the top of the hill that faces Hebron.
Some time later, he fell in love with a woman in the Valley of Sorek whose name was Delilah. The rulers of the Philistines went to her and said, “See if you can lure him into showing you the secret of his great strength and how we can overpower him so we may tie him up and subdue him. Each one of us will give you eleven hundred shekels of silver.”
So Delilah said to Samson, “Tel me the secret of your great strength and how you can be tied up and subdued.”
Results are always obvious.
The keys to those results, however, are not always so.
Effects are visible. Causes are mostly hidden.
Samson’s results and impact were plain to see and incontestable. The puzzle, however, was, ‘how did he do it? What was his secret?’
This suggests that the source of his strength was not obvious. He probably was of an average stature.
If he had been as tall as Goliath, or Andre the giant, it wouldn’t have been a mystery. They would have simply attributed it to his size!
When you meet great men and women, you’ll often be surprised and shocked to discover that there is really nothing extraordinary about them as far as the eyes can see.
In fact, most times, they even appear less than ordinary!
No wonder Samson was a puzzle to the Philistines.
They were, however, smart enough to recognize that Samson’s impact and achievements were not products of chance – there must be a hidden strength within.
Everyone has a strength, including you!
But only very few know what that strength is, where he is hidden, and how to tap into Him.
If you can discover your hidden strength, you will puzzle and dazzle your world.
Extraordinary, great, and outstanding individuals are those who have discovered their hidden strength and are functioning from that standpoint.
Your real strength is a hidden phenomenon!
He is rarely obvious.
He is always hidden in you.
And he is your key to success, global, and eternal impact.
Yes, you have a strength, and so does everyone.
The point, however is this, what is that strength?
Your real strength is hidden in your divine design and identity.
Who you are determines what you can do.
Knowing who you are is called self awareness. It is achieved through a process I call self discovery.
Your real strength is not a talent, or an ability, your real strength is a person – Christ!
“I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me…” – Phillipians 4:13