"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.'"
Today we will be looking at the example of a man who was used by God and did some pretty amazing things through God’s power, but a man who did not add to Christ’s legacy in the same way that David did. We will be taking a quick look at Samson today. You can read all of Samson’s story in Judges chapters 13 through 16, but today we are going to focus on just a couple verses from chapter 16. Throughout Samson’s life two faults are consistently displayed. First, he was quite promiscuous and second he was vengeful. God uses Samson despite and even because of his faults as these faults create opportunity for God’s strength to show through, but how much more could Samson have contributed if he had not been so thoroughly wrapped up in his promiscuity and vengeful behavior? Even up to death Samson was vying for vengeance for himself instead of vengeance for God, this can be seen in Judges 16:28-30.
God, of course, was able to use Samson’s selfish desires to display his power to the Philistines. However, Samson’s heart never really seemed to be in the right place. Unlike David, Samson was more concerned with his own benefit than with benefitting God. Both men contributed to the legacy of Christ, but their stories are very different. What part in Christ’s legacy would you like your history to play?
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Devotional written by Lindsey.
Focus on this today: "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.'"