Old Testament In a Year: April 20 – Judges 16, 17, 18

Judges 16, 17, 18
Focus Verse: Then Samson called to the Lord and said, “O Lord God, please remember me and please strengthen me only this once, O God, that I may be avenged on the Philistines for my two eyes.” – Judges 16:28

Samson’s reckless behavior was probably not appreciated by God. His roller coaster relationships with Philistine women, his lies, his tattling about the source of his strength, his imprisonment at the end of his life – none of this was part of God’s original purpose for Samson. God wanted Samson to “be a Nazirite to God from the womb” and to “begin to save Israel from the hand of the Philistines.”

Because God is omnipotent, He knew Samson would behave in the way that he did. So, he used Samson’s recklessness and anger issues and mishaps and mistakes and tumultuous relationships to accomplish His purpose in Samson’s life and in the nation of Israel at that time. God didn’t take back the strength that He gave to Samson. He didn’t forget about him because of his faults. When Samson had his sight and was a free, brash, powerful man, God was with him. And when Samson was blind, chained, and humiliated before the Philistines, God was with him. God remembered him. God strengthened him. God used him more mightily in his last day than in his first days.

Human beings have a tendency to take flight when those they know do stupid things. But God is not a human being. When you are disobedient or when you make a mistake or when it seems like you have screwed up your entire life, God does not run away from you. He stands by you. He fights for you to make a comeback. He does not take back the talents, gifts, and abilities He gave to you. He uses everything that you have gone through – the good and the bad, the successes and the failures, the mistakes and the miracles – to make your end greater than your beginning.

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