Have you ever met an Eeyore? In the fictional land The Hundred Acre Wood, there lives a pessimistic donkey named Eeyore. His lot in life seems to be to find everything glum about everything. There cannot be anything positive and no optimism is allowed. Everything is terrible, and phrases like, “wish I could say yes, but I can’t and “If it is a good morning, which I doubt” are common place.
A cartoon Eeyore is funny, a real life one, not so much. You know the person, the one who is always down about everything. The weather is never right: if it is summer, it is too hot. If it is winter, it is too cold. If it is raining, “when will it dry out”. And when it is dry, “when will it ever rain again”. Things will never work out, and everything is destined for failure. The Eeyore’s of the world never want to try, because they know it will fail. Are you an Eeyore?
There is a lot of great things we can say about Samson, especially in his early life. This get crowded out by some boneheaded moves later on in his life, but he really started fairly well. He sought occasions against the Philistines to steal from them, destroy their crops, and killed a bunch of them.
Before he was victorious with a jawbone over one thousand men, he was confronted by his fellow Israelites. Men from Judah came to Samson and acted like big ol’ Eeyores. They complained about the actions of Samson, and claimed he was causing unnecessary problems for them. Samson desire was to deliver Israel, and Israel didn’t want to believe God could.
These men from Judah’s response was, “we won’t kill you, but we are turning you over to the enemy.” They didn’t want to have any part in fighting the Philistines and wining their freedom. Instead they wanted this zealot and trouble maker to go away.
God used this occasion to allow Samson to have his first major victory. Single handedly, with a jawbone, Samson killed one thousand Philistines. God used him mightily that day.
In our life, we are often quick to tear down the zeal of another. Our “experience” or “maturity” may be cited as reasons that their pipe-dream can never be done. Gradually, we have moved from the world of faith and eternal optimism to the realm of pessimism and doubt. “God used to be able to do that, but not now… have you seen the culture?” some snort. Other retort, “yeah, it just isn’t like in the good old days. There just isn’t going to be anything great for God happen anymore.”
Today make a conscious decision to be the optimist and visionary that believes God is still big enough to get it done. The status quo can not be accepted, we must pray for God to do great things. “Expect great things from God; attempt great things for God.” – William Carey
Daily Scripture Reading
Judges 13 - 15
“Then three thousand men of Judah went to the top of the rock Etam, and said to Samson, Knowest thou not that the Philistines are rulers over us? what is this that thou hast done unto us? And he said unto them, As they did unto me, so have I done unto them.”