I have never been a fan of Boxing. It’s so much violence. You watch someone repeatedly get hit over and over until they go down. The whole objective is to take your opponent to his knees. You want him to stay down and not get back up.
When I think of boxing, I think of life. We are always in a battle fighting the enemy. His whole objective is to strike us with a mighty blow that will take us down. Satan wants us out for the count. Whether we encounter temptations, heartbreak, illnesses, or hard losses these things come to take us out.
I am reminded of the story of Samson and Delilah. It is a very familiar passage. Samson was very unique in his ability. Samson had supernatural strength. But he had a secret. His strength was in his hair. He got himself in a situation that caused him to lose his strength. He was fighting against temptation and it finally took him down.
But my favorite part of the story is Judges 16:22. It says “But before long his hair began to grow back.”
I can almost imagine him saying just when you thought my strength was gone, just when you thought I was down, you may have started the count but before it was all over I got up again.
Samson’s hair started to grow. He was getting his strength back! The Bible tells us God used Samson more powerfully in his weakness than he had in the rest of Samson’s life.
You see I may be down, but I’m not out. You may see my weaknesses but in my weakness, God is strong. You may see my flaws but God still uses me. I may have suffered a loss but I’m still winning this match. I’m still in the ring and I got my strength back!
My past can’t keep me down. My mistakes can’t keep me down. Divorce can’t keep me down. Heartbreak can’t keep me down. Sickeness can’t keep me down. Life can’t keep me down.
Proverbs 24:16 NLT, says “the godly may trip seven times, but they will get up again. But one disaster is enough to overthrow the wicked”.
Every time I fall, I will get back up again because greater is He that is in me than he that is in the world!
I have the greatest coach with me in the boxing ring of life and as long as listen, obey and follow His commands I don’t have to fall, but when I do, it is He that gives me the strength to endure. I know where my help comes from. It comes from the Lord!