"Samson: Down but Not Out"Jason Fox When we think of Samson, the first thing that probably comes to mind is his incredible strength. God blessed Samson with an incredible potential that he largely wasted. Samson could have been one of the greatest leaders in the history of Israel, but instead, his life tragically became an example of how not to live. His life was one of squandered resources and wasted potential and ability. He arrogantly threw it all away because he made some serious mistakes. His story stands as a warning of what not to do, but it is also a story that speaks of an incredible comeback. Trapped in sin, Samson ignored the warnings of those around him, until he woke up one day and it was too late. The Bible tells us, "The Philistines took him and put out his eyes, and brought him down to Gaza. They bound him with bronze fetters and he became a grinder in the prison." Judges 16:21(NKJV) Sin blinds us to the reality of the destruction it causes. However, we serve a God of second chances. The Bible tells us that "the hair of his head began to grow again after it had been shaven." Judges 16:22 (NKJV) As Samson's hair began to grow, his strength began to return. Just as God gave Samson the opportunity for a great comeback, he does the same for us. We all will have our failures and sins. But the question is, can we learn from our mistakes? Can we try our best not to fall into the same trap again? The same God that allowed Samson to have a great comeback can do the same for all of us!