Jan Havicksz Steen, Samson and Delilah (1668) - Holland, oil on canvas

I have a new Bible verse to rank among my favorites. But hold on- it may actually surprise you. 

Behold, Judges 16:22:

"But the hair on [Samson's] head began to grow again after it had been shaved."

"Huh? Why is that so meaningful?" Well, remember that Samson's hair represented his Nazirite vow and commitment to the Lord. (In Judges 13:4, his mother was told: "You will become pregnant and have a son whose head is never to be touched by a razor because the boy is to be a Nazirite, dedicated to God from the womb. He will take the lead in delivering Israel from the hands of the Philistines.") Remember also that both his hair and his power were shorn from him after one climactic moment of disobedience. But God wasn't through with him yet.

Judges 16:22 is a powerful bit of foreshadowing that tells us Samson's multi-night stands with Delilah weren't the end of the story. Even while blind and in Philistine captivity, his hair began to grow, his faith seems to have revived, and his strength soon returned for one final act of triumph (16:28-30).

So, friend: you've sinned a great deal? Thrown half your life away? Just return to the Lord. He hasn't forsaken you, and soon, like Samson, your strength will return...
“Come, let us return to the Lord. He has torn us to pieces but he will heal us; he has injured us but he will bind up our wounds. After two days he will revive us; on the third day he will restore us, that we may live in his presence." (Hosea 6:1-2)
Remember, friends: No one alive is beyond redemption. There is hope after bad haircuts.  -C.

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