23 Apr The Lesson of Samson
Read Hebrews 11
Thought for the Day:I serve the God of the Comeback!
Samson was born in a complicated time in the history of Ancient Israel. He served as the final judge before the reign of King Saul. During this period, the Israelites were in constant conflict with the Philistines, a nation best remembered for a giant warrior named Goliath. Samson had an incredible advantage over all enemies: he had unbelievable physical strength. However, instead of being content, he chose to pursue a toxic relationship with Delilah. She manipulated him, and this led to him becoming a Philistine slave. In the process, Samson lost both his sight and his strength. Put simply, Samson failed as a leader!
Amazingly, even in spite of this, Samson is mentioned in the “Faith Hall of Fame” of Hebrews 11. Instead of simply allowing himself to be a victim in Philistine captivity, Samson made a choice. He prayed, repented for his unfaithfulness, and gave back control to God. The world would say Samson lost everything, However, he knew better. Samson knew that God always gives us a fresh start when we repent and accept His plan for our life. And – God used Samson’s faith to protect the Israelites: “Then Samson called to the Lord and said, “O Lord God, please remember me and please strengthen me only this once, O God, that I may be avenged on the Philistines for my two eyes.”
The lesson of Samson continues to be relevant today. God does not keep track of our failures. No matter how much of a mess we have made with our unfaithfulness and disobedience, God loves each of us and invites us to follow Him. When we live by faith, it is incredible how God repurposes even our greatest failures. At the times we begin to feel like Samson, let’s claim the promise found in Romans 8:28 – “And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose”. No matter what you think is holding you back, remember that God wants you to experience a comeback that is only found by following Him!
Pastors Stan and David
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