This week’s Pastor to Person was written by Pastor Caleb Beller.
[Judges 16:21 NIV] 21 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.
Samson started off with so much promise. Called by God, empowered by His Spirit! Samson’s story highlights the truth that a perfect God can use imperfect people to fulfill His perfect plan. We see Samson’s temper, lust, and pride; yet God still uses him to defeat the Philistines.
Samson had ruled Israel for 20 years, but he could not rule his heart! What started off as a desire for comfort, companionship, and escape destroyed him. Sin has now blinded, bound and humiliated him. Sin is deceptive like this. It promises to satisfy but how quickly it enslaves.
In the midst of this tragedy there is a lesson in grace, [Judges 16:22 NIV] “But the hair on his head began to grow again after it had been shaved.” When we humble ourselves before God our greatest weakness can still become the place of His greatest triumph! By God’s grace, He uses the consequences of Samson’s sin as a catalyst for his greatest victory! This is the amazing truth that the gospel brings to us. Failure isn’t final! God is able to take our weakness, failure, and tragedy, and use it as a triumph of Grace.
Maybe you have found yourself deceived and broken by sin in your life. Remember His grace is greater than your sin. If we will confess our sin, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sin and cleanse us from all unrighteousness! Like Samson, (vs 28) call out to God today, and let His power turn your tragedy to His triumph!