What practical key life learnings can we glean from the life of Samson?
Context (Judges 13-16; Hebrews 11:32): Most of us remember the failures of Samson as he used his incredible strength to get himself out of jams and to appease his anger, or his escapades with young women or his falling prey to devious Delilah and letting his hair be cut off, having his strength leave him, his eyes being put out and becoming a slave grinding wheat. But the Bible portrays another part of Samson.
Samson was born by the miracle of God to a barren couple. He was to never eat meat, eat anything unclean or let a razor touch his hair. The angel said “he shall begin to deliverIsraelout of the hands of the Philistines” (Judges 13:5). In fact we do see Samson begin to defeat the Philistines and by bringing down the great hall and killing 3,000 Philistines men and women as his last act in life, he fulfilled the prophecy made about him by the angel of the Lord.
Key Life Learnings:
Our mistakes in life do not disqualify us from serving God (Hebrews 11:32): With all of Samson’s flaws, he did judge Israel for 20 years and he is listed in Hebrews 11 along with many others as a man “who through faith subdued kingdoms, worked righteousness, obtained promises”.
Life is not over when we mess up. Throughout the Bible we see figures like Samson who made huge mistakes, but were still used by God in the end. Were there consequences for their poor decisions? Yes, but God did not throw them on the junk heap. He redeemed and restored them and used them for His glory.
Do you feel you have made too many mistakes to be usable to God? That is a lie from Satan. Tell God you want to be used and see what miraculous things He does with the rest of your life.
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