February 24-Adversity

February 24-Adversity

February 24: Adversity


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.

  1. Who do you know that has overcome adversity?

  2. What can you learn from the examples of Tony C and Samson?

  3. Ask God 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.




1 comment (Add your own)

1. Hafifah wrote:
So I guess you consider Balaam’s doneky momentarily infallible also?Yes. The NT writers were not infallible as they wrote God’s Word, the words themselves were infallible b/c they were God-breathed.If God was breathing Scripture through them, then they were by definition temporarily given the gift of infallibility, i.e. protected by God from error in this act. If they were not protected by God from error, Scripture would have errors and therefore would not be God-breathed.A true believer has the presence of the Holy Spirit to help them to interpret scripture.Given the amount of disagreements about the meaning of Scripture, this means either (a) the Holy Spirit is teaching contradictory things to different people, which is absurd, or (b) only the people who are correctly interpreting Scripture are true believers. This leads to the question, how do we tell who are the true believers?Peter’s reference to ignorant and unstable would likely be non-believers who do not have the HS to help them.Peter’s very next words are, “You therefore, beloved, knowing this beforehand, beware lest you be carried away with the error of lawless men and lose your own stability.”This would indicate that believers who currently have the help of the Holy Spirit can fall into error somehow. So either it’s possible for a genuine believer to get it wrong, or it’s possible for a genuine believer to fall away and become an unbeliever – probably while still thinking they are a believer (for a conscious ex-believer surely wouldn’t care anymore what Paul wrote). Which do you think it is? Or do you think there’s another possibility?Why would God have us look to certain men to interpret scripture for us when he has given each of us the author of scripture itself to interpret? If all believers can hear and understand the Holy Spirit so well, why are there so many disagreements among sola Scriptura Christians?Superintendence of God = infallibility of men?Exactly. Any infallibility that a man may have is merely God protecting him from error. The statement “Paul is at the moment under the superintendence of God who will prevent his writing or speaking error” is equivalent to “Paul is at the moment infallible in the act that God is supervising” and vice versa. The supervision that prevents error comes from no one but God, and the glory is all God’s. Is there glory in being Balaam’s doneky?

Sun, August 5, 2012 @ 12:18 AM

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