Grace for the Fallen
Remember Samson? Just watched a powerful dramatic enactment of his story at Sight & Sound Theater in Pennsylvania. His story is recorded in Judges 13-16. God chose him and anointed him to deliver His people from their enemies. But his success depended upon his adherence to some very specific instructions God gave him. One of those instructions forbade him from cutting his hair. He knew if he ever did so, he would lose his extraordinary strength and sacrifice his ability to defend himself and his people against the Philistines.
Unfortunately, however, Samson had a weakness for pretty women. Delilah, a pretty Philistine woman, seduced him and managed to get him to tell her the secret of his strength. Upon discovering his secret, his uncut hair, the symbol of his consecration to God, she proceeded to cut off his hair while he slept in her bed. Without his hair, Samson was no match for the Philistine army. The conqueror became the conquered!
The creative enactment of Samson’s story I just watched drove home two very important lessons for all of us. Here they are:
- Sin makes you stupid. Samson knew the risks he was taking in flirting with Delilah, and he should certainly have understood the tremendous price he could pay if he divulged his secret to her. But he did so any way and suffered tremendous personal loss as a result. His captors bound him, plucked out his eyes, enslaved him, and made sport of him. And even though he was eventually able to defeat them, he lost his physical life in the process. Sin makes you do stupid things. It is extremely hazardous to your health and well-being. So resist temptation. For your own good, for the good of all those connected to you, and for the glory of God, flee from all known sin, especially immorality!
- Grace is like hair. You may cut it off at any point by an act of your will, through your unbelief, but it is always available to you in Christ. And like hair, you can get it to start growing again in your life. Just turn back to Christ in faith, ask for the grace you need to do his will, and then depend on this grace to give you a fresh start. Remember, while your sins may produce huge personal and family losses, they cannot prevent the grace of God from reaching you or ever separate you from the love of God. You may forfeit grace, but grace will never forsake you!
“And He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.” (II Corinthians 12:9 NKJV)
Child of God, you are a saint. Even more than Samson, God has set you apart for His glory. You belong to Him and He has a very special reason for saving your soul. Do not, therefore, allow sin to make you stupid. Moreover, don’t cut yourself off from the grace of God through unbelief and self-effort. But if you ever make any of these very costly mistakes, never forget, God’s grace is always available to you. In your weakest moments, turn to Him in faith and you will find Him always there with arms outstretched. Samson discovered this to be true. I have also. And you will too.