Gleanings from the life of Samson – Pat 13
Samson knew that he had failed God, but he chose how his life would end. Samson was captured by the Philistines and kept in prison. The Lords of the Philistines gathered their people at the temple to celebrate and offer a great sacrifice unto Dagon their God, for delivering their common enemy ‘Samson’ into their hands. Remember Samson wreaked great havoc in the land of the Philistines causing loss of lives and great economic misfortune. And while the Philistines were making merry and in high spirits, they demanded that Samson be called out of prison to entertain them. They brought blind Samson in mockery and had him stand between the pillars supporting the roof.
The temple was completely filled with people and there were about 3,000 men and women on the roof who were watching as Samson performed. Samson asked the young man who was leading him by the hand to lead him to where he can feel the pillars supporting the temple, so that he could lean against them. Samson called unto the Lord, and said, “O Lord God, remember me, I pray thee, and restore to me now my former strength, I pray thee, only this once, O God, that I may at once take vengeance on the Philistines for my two eyes.” So, Samson took hold of the two middle pillars holding up the building. Putting one hand on each pillar, he pushed against them and shouted, “Let me die with the Philistines!” He pushed with all his might, and the building fell down on the five kings of the Philistines and everyone else. Samson killed more people at his death than he had killed during his life.
There were many things Samson couldn’t change about his life. He couldn’t change the truth that he exposed his source of power to a harlot. He couldn’t deny the fact that he was supposed to be a Nazirite and to be undefiled. He couldn’t deny the fact that he chose the companion of prostitutes more than God’s people. He couldn’t deny the fact that he was supposed to be a deliverer of Israel from the hands of the Philistines. Samson forgot the source of his power and did not walk in the ways of God. Despite these facts against Samson, he knew that he could go to God in repentance through prayer. He knew he could ask God to forgive him and give him a new slate to write his script.
Beloved, are you lost in your sins and iniquities? Have you lost fellowship with God? Have you made terrible mistakes in your Christian journey? Have you broken the vow of consecration? Have you lost the anointing of the Lord upon your life? Have you chosen the companion of prostitutes and ungodly people? Today is the acceptable day of salvation. You can plead for mercy like Samson prayed, “Sovereign LORD, remember me again.” Ask the Lord to forgive and cleanse you from all your sins and HE will take away your sins from HIS remembrance. Ask the Lord to give you power for daily victorious Christian living and HE will do it, as HE Has done for so many of us.
Samson died and was buried in the tomb of his father and he judged Israel for 20 years. He began the process of deliverance but he did not complete it.
Today’s Nugget: You can choose how to end
Prayer: Sovereign LORD, revive and restore me again
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Rev. Pastor Ejikeme Ejim, General Superintendent, Assemblies of God Nigeria
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