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Samson's Hair Shows the Grace of God
For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:
Samson Encourages the Christian
I see the great mercy and goodness of God in the life of Samson. Samson was chosen prior to birth to be a Nazarite unto the Lord. As a Nazarite, Samson was not to cut his hair, or partake of wine for the duration of his vow. His Nazerite vow was symbolic of his separation to God.
Samson's life belonged to God and he was given the ministry of a Deliverer in Israel. Israel, through her idolatrous and sinful ways, became enslaved by the Philistines. But the Lord had mercy on His people, and sent a deliverer, Samson, to defeat the enemies of Israel.
Samson began to defeat the Philistines through the supernatural strength given to him by the Lord. Of course, the Philistines, desiring to to slay Samson, sought to identify the source of his incredible strength.
Samson's great strength lay in his uncut hair which had not been cut from birth. However, Samson had a problem, a lust problem, which led to his downfall and eventual bondage. Samson, foolishly and through lust, gave a Philistine woman the secret of his strength. She then shaved his head while he peacefully slept on her lap, which led to the loss of his great strength. The Philistines were then able to capture and imprison Samson. His eyes were gouged out, and, as an ox, he was chained to a grinding stone for the remainder of his life.
Anyone who has drunk deeply of sin can identify with Samson.
- Sin takes you farther than you ever wanted to go
- Sin keeps you longer than you ever wanted to stay
- And sin costs you more than you ever wanted to pay.
Samson's Hair Reveals The Grace of God
Samson's hair began to grow even though in his disobedience he allow it to be cut . Is it an accident that God placed His strength in Samson through his hair? In the growing of Samson's hair we can see the great mercy and grace of God. God had made a way for Samson to recover himself and fulfill his Nazarite vow. No person could stop Samson's hair from growing, and with the renewed growth of his hair, the favor and strength of God returned to his life. What a great and wonderful God we serve!
God Will Not Abandon Us
The Philistines, wanting to be entertained by a chained and blinded Samson, brought him to their temple. He was then chained to its supporting pillars. Blinded and humbled, he remembered his call and purpose in life. He was called to be a deliver in Israel. Samson then calls to the Lord.
Judges 16:28-30 (NKJV) 28 Then Samson called to the Lord, saying, “O Lord God, remember me, I pray! Strengthen me, I pray, just this once, O God, that I may with one blow take vengeance on the Philistines for my two eyes!” 29 And Samson took hold of the two middle pillars which supported the temple, and he braced himself against them, one on his right and the other on his left. 30 Then Samson said, “Let me die with the Philistines!” And he pushed with all his might, and the temple fell on the lords and all the people who were in it. So the dead that he killed at his death were more than he had killed in his life.
Was Samson A Success?
Samson, in his death, fulfilled his call as a deliver to Israel. Was Samson's life a success? Yes, a resounding success. The book of Hebrews 11th chapter, lists Samson with other great men such as David and Samuel, men who finished the race in good standing and received favor from the Lord. Samson, by his faith, is said to have received a good report.
When I read of Samson, I realize nothing can stop my hair from growing back, and like Samson, by the grace of God, I also will receive a good report. A good report is the promise of Christ to all who put their trust in Him.
Perhaps you had a Delilah in your life and she cut your hair. You may have made serious mistakes and you think your mistakes have forever ruined your life. Then take a good look at Samson and learn how the Lord is willing to show His favor, once again, to a life that looks hopeless. Like Samson, cry out to God, HE will hear you and He will be merciful to you!
Thank you, Lord Jesus
God bless you,