When God Can Bless, Even A Mess!
When God’s Moral Will is Violated, But His Sovereign Will Brings Him Glory Still.
Many wonder about how God has a moral will that is often broken yet still can bring sovereign good for us and glory for Himself. Today we will look at the final moments in the life of Samson to see how God still accomplished his purpose, inspite of Samson’s moral failure.
Samson was chosen by God as a special instrument to bring freedom to the people of God who were under the cruel oppression of the Philistines. If you have yet to read his story, I encourage you to do so, Samson’s narrative is found in the book of Judges, chapter 13 through the end of chapter 16.
Before you read this, I recommend even you read this story before you read what I have written to get a full idea of what is going on. The posts I write are intended to supplement and add explaination to the Word but not replace it.
At the end of Samson’s story we see he let his desire for women become his downfall, and Delilah betrays him and gives away the secret of Samson’s strength. He is outwitted and he loses his great strength due to personal foolishness and disobedience!
We will start our reading in chapter 16, where Samson is finally overcome
Then the Philistines seized him, gouged out his eyes and took him down to Gaza. Binding him with bronze shackles, they set him to grinding grain in the prison. But the hair on his head began to grow again after it had been shaved. Now the rulers of the Philistines assembled to offer a great sacrifice to Dagon their god and to celebrate, saying, “Our god has delivered Samson, our enemy, into our hands.” When the people saw him, they praised their god, saying, “Our god has delivered our enemy into our hands, the one who laid waste our land and multiplied our slain.” While they were in high spirits, they shouted, “Bring out Samson to entertain us.” So they called Samson out of the prison, and he performed for them. When they stood him among the pillars, Samson said to the servant who held his hand, “Put me where I can feel the pillars that support the temple, so that I may lean against them.” Now the temple was crowded with men and women; all the rulers of the Philistines were there, and on the roof were about three thousand men and women watching Samson perform. 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.” Then Samson reached toward the two central pillars on which the temple stood. Bracing himself against them, his right hand on the one and his left hand on the other, Samson said, “Let me die with the Philistines!” Then he pushed with all his might, and down came the temple on the rulers and all the people in it. Thus he killed many more when he died than while he lived.
Judges 16:21-30 –
Here we see Samson at the lowest point he has ever been in his life. What on earth could be running through his mind, probably shame, regret and sorrow. Probably a flood of memories and final realization as to what his foolishness and sin cost him. He was then paraded around like a circus show and taunted by the very heathen peoples he got to carelessly close with.
He must have felt betrayed, and ashamed of himself. Yet Samson has a great moment of faith still. Samson for the first time demonstrated true humility. Up until this point, Samson seems a bit too cocky for his own good. He is seen throughout the story as being slightly prideful and arrogant. Yet not now! Not now! He is utterly helpless and humiliated and the scorn of those who hate him.
—-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.” ——-
God responds to Samson’s prayer. God glorifies Himself even through a failure like Samson. What does it say, “Thus he killed many more when he died than while he lived.”
Yet, Samson when he was “strong” and had two eyes did not do as much slaughter we see? Could we say, God will often use us too the most for His purposes when we are not as full of ourselves. We see Samson humbles himself and I think we could say Samson repented, and then God’s full strength was showcased there!
Was God’s will broken through this story? Yes more then once Samson violates God’s clear commands. Yet was God’s Will stopped, not so! God still gained His victory over His foes, though had Samson obeyed wholeheartedly and been humble, it would have gone better for Samson.
Yet God still excercises His power and brings good out of the ugly fabric of this story. We see that Romans 8:28 in the New Testament says that “God works all things together for the good of those who love Him and are called according to His purpose.”—- but Samson died!? Yes he lost his life, but still entered eternal life. He could have saved himself alot of grief but still we see God bring good, for even Samson and used that to free the people of Israel.
So readers, this is both an exhortation and encouragement. It is exhortation to those who read as well as my own self, we must be careful not to be foolish with our choices and set our hearts to fully do what God desires us to, so we wont have to suffer similar moments of great sorrow and grief and regret!
Ah but what about those who already are reaping shame, regret, sorrow or consequences of foolish sinful choices? Is there any hope for them?
Of course! If we find ourselves in these places, it is only right we do what Samson did, “pray to the Lord” and repent of the sin that got us there, turn to the Lord and give him the broken pieces of our lives. Cause God can touch even the shattered remains of our lives we played a part in breaking if we humble ourselves and give Him Lordship and control. The mess may be big dear reader, but the Lord is bigger and greater!