Samson Defeats the Philistines – Judges 13:1 – 16:31
“Then Samson prayed to the Lord, ‘O Sovereign Lord, remember me.'”
I think that all of us can identify with Samson. Not because of super-human strength, but because we’ve all made promises and commitments to God that we have failed to keep.
Oh… our intentions are good… we start out strong… but then we get distracted, or busy, or simply succumb to temptation. And we find ourselves wondering if God can still use us, or if He’ll still honor our failed commitment or broken promise.
You may have even experienced this in our E100 Challenge! Perhaps you made a commitment to read the lessons each day, or to join a small group each week. But somewhere along week 3, you fell a little short, or got a little behind… and suddenly you began to wonder if it was even worth trying to start again.
The story of Samson brings good news to all of us who have stumbled, failed, or quit. Even when we fall to temptation or break our promises, Samson reminds us that God can still use us, and that He gives second chances to those who ask.
So don’t give up! As overwhelming as they may seem, your failures are not enough to thwart the plans of God. Even if you have forgotten God, He remembers you!
Lord of the future, Help us we pray:
Teach us to trust You, Love and obey You,
Crown You each moment Lord of today.
– Margaret Clarkson