Rough and tough is not enough

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Men from the Bible who were rough and tough:

  • Esau – a very hairy man
  • Nimrod – a mighty hunter
  • Goliath – a giant

Let us take a look at a godly man who was rough and tough. Samson, the strongest man who ever lived. A man who was born with a great calling on his life. He was to be set apart, he was one of the Judges. These were people that when God wanted to do something, He would use them to liberate his people from oppression, for example.

However, for a man with a powerful calling on his life – Samson makes some very strange decisions and his life takes twists and turns that you might not have expected.

The first glimpse we see of this is where Samson chooses a bride. He says tyo his parents, “I like the look of her.” He chooses a Philistine bride, a worshipper of dagon, to be his wife. God uses this, but this paves the way for more problems. Samson finds himself with 30 Philistine men, having a week long bachelor party. And he boasts that he has a riddle for them. When they cheat and give him the answer it costs 30 men their lives as he kills them and takes their clothes to pay off the bet.

No matter how rough and tough you are, there will come a time in your life when you are neither rough nor tough. If that is all you have, then are are in big trouble!

“I did it my way”, who said that? Frank Sinatra. As men we are stubborn, we don’t ask for directions even when we are lost. We believe that we are always right. When you think of a child holding his fathers hand it’s cute. A grown man holding his fathers hand? We don’t want that!

Samson was tempted to sort out his problems using his fists, it had always worked before.

Proverbs 3:5-7
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; 6 in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.” NIV

God calls us to trust Him.

Zechariah 4:6
“So he said to me, “This is the word of the Lord to Zerubbabel: ‘Not by might nor by power, but by my Spirit,’ says the Lord Almighty.” NIV

Remember Samson and the riddle? The first bet he lost cost 30 men their lives. When he told Delilah the answer to how to take away his strength it cost him everything. His ministry, his freedom, his sight and ultimately his life. The worst is that when he gets up after being shaved in his sleep, that he does not realize that God is not with him any more. He gets ready to let his fists do the talking, like he had always done, but this time his strength has left him. The Bible does not mention this, but I do believe that Samson spent a lot of time crying about what he had lost. He was a judge for 20 years, but the way he spent the last part of his life was not what God had intended for him.

If we allow our chooces to continually draw us away from God – then we are playing with fire and we need to realize that it is very dangerous.

1 Corinthians 1:27, 29
“But God has chosen the foolish things of the world to put to shame the wise, and God has chosen the weak things of the world to put to shame the things which are mighty;29 that no flesh should glory in His presence” NKJV

As men we want to be strong, we want to be in control. God works differently than we would expect by using the weak, to shame the strong.

The real strength of a man is not physical but moral and spiritual

Closing thoughts:


  • How do we become more than Rough and Tough?
    How do we walk closer to God and trust Him more?