There was the once-mighty Samson, chained up and blind, having had his eyes gouged out. If you have ever lost your eyesight or perhaps lost a pair of glasses, you know how humbling it is not to be able to see. It can leave you feeling helpless, vulnerable. Surely Samson felt helpless in that moment, leading to his awareness of his need of God.
What had gotten Samson into trouble so many times before this? That’s right—his eyes. His eyes had been the source of his stumbling through life for so long. He had looked at a woman and wanted her to be his wife, no matter that she was a Philistine. He had looked at honey and wanted to eat it, no matter that it was in a lion’s carcass and unclean. Here, as his life came to a close, God was kind to remove the very thing that had caused Samson to stumble so many times before this. The Philistines removed Samson’s eyes out of spite; God removed them out of love.
How has God taken something from you, even if it was painful, only to find out it was for your good?