I finished reading the story of Samson today, and, as I was reading his story I started to wonder what made him stand out? Why was he listed alongside the faithful in the book of Hebrews Chapter 11?
Hebrews 11 is often referred to as “the wall of faith.” It’s there we find men and women like Abraham and Sarah, David, Moses, and Enoch. We see faithful servants who devoted their lives to serving our God, and we see Samson listed among them.
Who was Samson? Well, he definitely loved women, we know that for sure. We also know that he had great strength. He killed a lion with his bare hands and a thousand men with the jaw bone of a donkey. He was a Nazirite who judged the people of Israel for 20 years. What he wasn’t so much, was a man closely connected to God. It would seem that he was far more interested in women than he was in the things of the Lord. He was physically strong, but spiritually, he was weak.
Elisabeth Elliot once wrote, “Of one thing I am perfectly sure: God’s story never ends with ashes,” and, thanks be to God, neither did Samson’s.
Here’s the beautiful thing about grace, and why it’s important to the story of Samson–grace never runs out. It’s never too late to get right with God. Like I’ve said countless times, it doesn’t matter what you did yesterday, the question is, what will you do today? It doesn’t matter where you have been or what you have done, our Father is waiting to welcome you home.
It wasn’t until Samson was imprisoned, broken, and blind that he finally saw his purpose and found his way back to God. It took his entire life to get to that place of humility and devotion, but the wonderful thing is, he did.
Like Jesus, who was ready and willing to give up his life, Samson was finally ready to die for his people and to give up his own.
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But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint. (Isaiah 40:31, KJV)
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Darlene Schacht and her husband Michael live in Manitoba Canada where the summers are beautiful and the winters are cold. Together they’ve come to learn that relationships aren’t always easy, but that marriage, the way God intended it to be, is a treasure worth fighting for.
She began her publishing journey about twelve years ago when she pioneered one of the first online magazines for Christian women, known at the time as “Christian Women Online Magazine.” After three years, Darlene left CWO to blog as a solo author at Time-Warp Wife Ministries.
It was also during this transition that she worked alongside actress Candace Cameron Bure to write the NYT Best-Selling book, Reshaping it All: Motivation for Spiritual and Physical Fitness. Reshaping it All was the winner of both the 2011 USA Best Book Awards and the 2012 Christian Reading Retailers Choice Awards.
Author of more than 15 books, Darlene continues to write and to minister to her readers through her blog at TimeWarpWife.com.
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