Rising to the Challenge: Purpose and Passion

Then Samson prayed to the Lord, “Sovereign Lord, remember me. Please, God, strengthen me just once more, and let me with one blow get revenge on the Philistines for my two eyes.”                                                                                               Judges? ?16:28?
Most people know only fragments about the Old Testament judge Samson. He had long hair, superhuman strength, and was seduced by Delilah. Yet, there is so much more worth knowing. Like many of us, Samson allowed himself to be controlled by his appetites. Samson’s life was out of control. Judges 14 through 16 details the drama and violence of Samson’s life: his wedding, his fits of rage, his slaughters, and  his encounter by the seductress Delilah.
Samson lost everything before he realized what really matters. It wasn’t too late for Samson, and it’s not too late for you. You don’t have to resign yourself to the way you are, fearing you’ll never be changed. You can change just like Samson, not by your own power but by the power of the Holy Spirit. Do you recall how Samson’s story ends? God strengthened him once more, and he toppled the pillars of the Philistine house. But that’s not all, there’s a jaw-dropping footnote about Samson’s life. Hebrews 11:32 lists him as a man of faith. Samson’s failures didn’t disqualify him from God’s family.
In Christ’s Love and Service,
Pastors Paul and Deb Marzahn