Sunday, September 15th, 2019
The Enemy's Game: God's All Stars--Samson
Then Samson called to the Lord and said, 'O Lord God, please remember me and please strengthen me just this time, O God, that I may at once be avenged of the Philistines for my two eyes.' Samson grasped the two middle pillars on which the house rested, and braced himself against them... so that the house fell on the lords and all the people who were in it...
Judges 16:28-31 (NASB)
God's lineup shows a diversity of stars, but perhaps Samson* was His biggest gamer. Like many guys today, he loved a good show. Some scholars denounce him as a weak-willed man, saying God can use even selfish sinners. But I believe they are selling Samson short.
Consider some of Samson's twists and turns:
1) Amidst a morally corrupt culture, Samson never denounced the Living God. His flesh was tempted, mostly by women, but he still loved his Lord, parents and kin.
2) His games included riddles and wagers, feigned weakness and pretended submission--like modern fighters and players today. Yet he was wise enough to be a judge.
3) Did God fuel his love for Philistine women? Judges 14:4 suggests that He did.** Did God ordain Samson's lady-troubles to free His people from Philistine rule?
4) Because God's one-man army did just that. Samson beat and cowed Israel's masters. No number of Philistine warriors could stop this brutally flippant hero.
5) Only the female wiles of Delilah scissored the power of Samson's resolve. So God's mighty judge was captured and maimed. But Samson scored his biggest win in death.
Actors, models and talent for Christ: What can you learn from Samson's story?
Maybe God moves in ways we can't guess, and maybe He works through flawed heroes.
Maybe their flaws are told to teach us, and maybe we better not snicker.
Maybe we're not even half as brave as those who love and live to the max.
Maybe Samson did the best he could and surely he ended with honor.
## The Enemy's Game: God's All Stars--Samson (Part 80)
* Short article: A Study of Samson: Faith or Folly: https://www.christiancourier.com/articles/911-study-of-samson-faith-and-folly-a
* Short article: What should we learn from the account of Samson and Delilah?http://www.gotquestions.org/Samson-and-Delilah.html
* Short, harsher article: What should we learn from the life of Samson? http://www.gotquestions.org/life-Samson.html
** Judges 14:1-4 (NASB): https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=judges+14%3A1-4&version=NASB
NOTE: This series is a republished edit of a 2015 devotion series called, 'The Enemy's Game.' You may see notes to 'Actors, Models & Talent for Christ.' If you're not a performer, don't be deterred. In truth, every disciple acts for Christ, models Christ and stewards His talents.
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the The Enemy's Game series.