Read Judges 16:10-21
4. Fall of Samson (continued). Samson was brought before a great crowd to make fun of him in Judges. He prayed for strength to avenge his eyes being taken. God gave him strength to kill thousands of people and himself. He ruled for 20 years.
- God’s anointing. Notice in vs. 22 that God is restoring the anointing that He had for Samson. First, “anointing,” in this context, is God given ability to do something. God has anointed every believer with gifts of service. Some have the gift of help.
Second, the anointing is for God’s glory, not our bragging rights. Thus, we should always use the anointing in ways that bring glory or honor or praise to God.
Third, we don’t have to be envious of others. What God has for us, it is for us. And the more God gives us, the more God expects out of us. Let’s understand and use our anointing for God’s glory.
- Praising God. Notice in vss. 23-24 of this chapter of Judges that the people were praising their god for what they thought was the victory.
First, at least they praised their god. There are too many people who claim to be Christians and have all kinds of blessings in their lives, but they are so stingy with their praising of God.
Second, those in the text praised the wrong god. We should make sure that we praise God and not ourselves or others. God is the source of every good and perfect gift.
Third, they were wrong about what they thought they had. Their supposed victory will soon turn to defeat. In like manner, anything outside of God’s will is only temporary. We should build our hopes on things eternal. Let’s work on praising God for His goodness and perfect will.
- Servants. Notice in vs. 26 that Samson needed the servant to help him. First, we should be kind to everyone because we never know who we are going to need. Think about how this applies to the servers at the restaurants, janitors in the building, receptionist in the office, and the like.
Second, we should let God use us, even if as a servant. The servant in the text played a role in God’s will be carried out. You don’t have to be a preacher or deacon, in order to be used by God. Let’s work on being kind and letting God use us.
- Praying. Notice in vs. 28 that Samson prayed, even though things were rough in his life (i.e., in captivity, eyes gouged out, and doing embarrassing work). Too many people only pray when they feel like it or when things are bad or when things are good.
As believers, we should pray all of the time. Our praying should include some adoration or praise, some confession, some thankfulness, and some supplication (i.e., asking God to supply). This is an ACTS prayer. Let’s work on praying without ceasing.
- God’s blessings, instead of His punishment. Notice in vss. 28-30 that Samson seems to have been driven by revenge and committed a form of suicide. First, we know that we should not seek revenge. God can do more with our enemies than we can.
Second, nor should we commit suicide. We are called to trust God to work things out for our good.
Third, in spite of Samson’s motives, God used Samson to punish the ungodly. This is another case of making sure you are right with God, so you will not be the recipient of punishment. Let’s work on trusting and obeying God, so we can be blessed, instead of punished.
- 20 years of Samson. Notice in vs. 31 that as bad as Samson was, God kept Him in place for 20 years. On one hand, Samson should have been a better example of godliness. In like manner, every believer, especially leaders, should be examples of godliness today.
On the other hand, since God allowed sinful Samson to serve for 20 years, we should be careful about trying to handle God sent leaders on our own. Especially in church, we should be careful to remember that God sends the Pastor with the anointing.
The Pastor is not simply a preaching janitor who can be fired at will and told what to do. Let’s make sure we are careful how we treat those whom God allows to serve as leaders. “Yes,” there may be times to enforce disciple.
However, those cases should be approached with great care, prayer, and having very clear facts about what happened and what warnings were given.
Conclusion: Let’s work on being obedient, instead of disobedient. God has much for those who obey His will.