Scripture Lesson: Judges 16:23-30
On this date in 1990, Boston Red Sox fan favorite Tony Conigliaro
died at age 45. In 1965, “Tony C” was the youngest player in American League
history to lead the league in homers, with 32. During the 1967 season,
Conigliaro was hit in the eye by a pitch thrown by Jack Hamilton of the Angels.
Severe damage to his face and eye sidelined him until the 1969 season. He was
comeback player of the year in 1969 with 20 home runs and 82 RBIs, but he had
to retire in 1975 because of failing eyesight. The Tony Conigliaro Award is
given annually to the player who best overcomes an obstacle and adversity
through the attributes of spirit, determination, and courage. Those were
trademarks of Tony C.
Today’s Scripture passage deals with another who overcame
adversity. Samson was at the top of the heap in Israel. His powerful strength
enabled him to do tremendous things. Israel’s enemies wanted to get rid of him.
Delilah, who was on the Philistines’ payroll, tricked Samson into giving her
the secret of his strength – cutting his hair, which was a violation of his
Nazirite vow. The Philistines captured him, gouged out his eyes, and made him
work grinding grain like a common animal. The Philistines had a festival to
their god, Dagon, and brought Samson out to make sport of him. During his time
in captivity, Samson had time to think, and his hair grew back out. He prayed
to God for one last chance to use his strength to destroy the Philistines. God
granted that request and Samson destroyed more Philistines in his death than he
had in his life before. God was glorified when Samson overcame the adversity of
blindness to once again serve God.
you know that has overcome adversity?
you learn from the examples of Tony C and Samson?
today for the courage to make a difference for Him.
Adversity comes to all of us sometime in life. It is how we deal
with the tough times that truly shows our faith.
Posted on Wed, February 24, 2016
by David Daly