Under Gods Command

Samson: His story is told in Judges 13-16

 Samson: It is sad to be remembered for what one might have been.  Samson had tremendous potential.  Because Samson wasted his strength on practical jokes and getting out of scrapes, and because he eventually gave it up altogether to satisfy the woman he loved, we tend to see him s a failure.  We remember him as the judge in Israel who spent his last days grinding grain in an enemy prison, and we say, “What wasted potential!”

Yes, Samson wasted his life.  He could have strengthened his nation.  He could have returned his people to the worship of God.  He could have wiped out the Philistines.  But even though he did none of those things.  Samson still accomplished the purpose announced by the angel who visited his parents before his birth.  In his final act, Samson began to rescue Israel from the Philistines.

Interestingly, the New Testament does not mention Samson’s failures or his heroic feats of strength.  In Hebrews 11:33, he is simply listed with others “who through faith conquered kingdoms, administered justice, and gained what was promised,” and in other ways were given superhuman aid.  In the end, Samson recognized his dependence on God.  When he died, God turned his failures and defeats into victory

 Samson’s story teaches us that it is never too late to start over.  However badly we may have failed in the past, today is not too late for us to put our complete trust in God.  

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