At our house my husband reads a chapter of the Bible after meals. Today we finished reading about Samson. You can read about him in Judges 13-16. Each time I read about him I am struck with awe at how God can use people for His will that we would never think of even of as Godly or even people we might walk quickly away from if they were seen approaching us in a parking lot. Can you imagine if their was a man in your church who had long hair (probably down to his butt) that was kept in seven dreadlocks? This man married an unbeliever, was prone to be violent and destructive, occasionally used prostitutes, and then to top it off started living with a woman. Hmm…not exactly someone who would be my choice of someone to hang out with! Guess what? God used him as a judge. It makes you wonder what the other people at the time were like! Were they living in worse sin than him or were they just spiritual weaklings- too weak to do what God asked of them? God only asks us to be willing and faithful, not worthy. When the Philistine’s demanded Samson, his own people fearfully rounded him up and begged him to give himself up to them. He does so willing and then after being turned over to the Philistine’s proceeds to kill a thousand Philistine men with a jawbone of an ass. When he is done he gives God the glory for the task!No weakling here! His faults are never whitewashed in the Scriptures, and you have do some hard looking to find his good points. Here are a few of them:
- He knew where his strength came from. He knew that it did not come from himself. God was its source. (Jdg 15:18)
- He believed what God had told him. (Jdg 16:17 )
- He knew that God was stronger than the Philistines. You see this when he had no fear of being taken captive by them, and his fellow Israelites were so afraid that they turned the judge God had given them over to the Philistines!
Very rarely in the Bible do you see God using “perfect” people. He often works miraculously in the lives of very imperfect people who are willing to do what God has to say and give God the glory when the job is done! This does not mean that character is of little importance- Mary, Joseph, Esther, John the Baptist, and many others were following a godly lifestyle and were chosen to do the work of the Lord. (you notice in the end Samson dies as a result of his poor decisions) I think the lesson in these Bible characters with so many faults is to show that God wants us to serve Him as we are and not wait until we think we are good enough to be of some use to him! Be willing, be faithful, and be ready to be used by God!
I will leave you with a quote that I have seen a few times before and it always make me smile!
The next time you feel like GOD can’t use you, just remember…
Noah was a drunk
Abraham was too old
Isaac was a daydreamer
Jacob was a liar
Leah was ugly
Joseph was abused
Moses had a stuttering problem
Gideon was afraid
Samson had long hair and was a womanizer
Rahab was a prostitute
Jeremiah and Timothy were too young
David had an affair and was a murderer
Elijah was suicidal
Isaiah preached naked
Jonah ran from God
Naomi was a widow
Job went bankrupt
Peter denied Christ
The Disciples fell asleep while praying
Martha worried about everything
The Samaritan woman was divorced, more than once
Zaccheus was too small
Paul was too religious
Timothy had an ulcer..AND
Lazarus was dead!