FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, Fri, 1/25/2013
Friday, January 25, 2013
SAMSON, FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, Fri, 1/25/2013
GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOD MORNING EVERYONE!
SAMSON’S FINEST HOUR, Lesson 21b
v. 18 SAMSON’S CRY
In that moment of great weakness, Samson does the smartest thing he has done in his life to this point: he calls upon God. In this short, 27-word prayer, Samson speaks volumes. He speaks volumes about himself and about his God. Let’s take a moment to examine Samson’s cry.
It Was A Cry Of Humility – This prayer that poured from the lips of Samson is vastly different from the statement he made in verse 16. In that verse, Samson demonstrated that he had “I” trouble. In verse 16 Samson quotes a poem and his own greatness. Samson gives no glory to God, but he claims all the glory for the victory for himself. Samson failed to remember that verse 14 says, “the Spirit of the Lord came mightily upon him”.
Now, Samson has been brought to the end of his abilities. He humbles himself before God and acknowledges his utter dependence upon the Lord. Samson knows that unless God intervenes, he will die. This is no longer a matter of personal glory; it is a matter of survival.
This is a good reminder to us about how we should approach the Lord. We should never come to him making our demands of him; with the expectation that he owes us something. We should come to him humbly, remembering that he is the potter and we are the clay. We should come before him remembering that he owes us nothing, but that in his grace he has promised to give us everything, (Phil. 4:19; Matt. 6:25-34; Eph. 1:3). We should come to him remembering that he has invited us to come into His presence “boldly”,( Heb. 4:16), but even as we come boldly, we should come as little children, with a humble heart and a meek spirit, looking to him for the things we need.
A child comes to a parent with their hand out, their heart open, and with absolute faith that they will receive what they come after. They don’t come demanding, but they come with innocent expectation, believing that the one they look to for their provision will give them their hearts desire. That is how we should approach our heavenly father,( Luke 12:32).
It Was A Cry Of Honor – Not only did Samson humble himself and look to God to have his needs met, he also took the time to exalt God in his prayer. Notice three ways that Samson honored the Lord when he prayed.
He Acknowledged God’s Power – Samson gives all the glory for the victory to God. He says, “thou hast given this great deliverance into the hand of thy servant”. Samson acknowledges the fact that it may have been his hand that held the jawbone of the donkey, but it was God’s power that gave the victory.
Again, that is a tremendous lesson for us. Sometimes we act like we think we can make it on our own. But the fact is, every victory in this life is the gracious gift of God. And we need to take time to knowledge His power in our lives. How long has it been since you praised Him for the victories He has given you in your life? He worthy to be acknowledged for His power! Think of all the prayers He has answered for you. Think of all the times that He has enabled you to serve Him. Think of how many times He has made a way when there seemed to be no way. Think of how His power has been manifest in your life, and praise Him for it! He is worthy!
He Acknowledged God’s Person – Not only does Samson praise God for His power, he also acknowledges God’s person. Samson calls himself “thy servant”. With this statement, Samson appears ready to acknowledge God as his Master. This is why I said this might be Samson’s finest hour, because he finally got the priorities of his relationship with the Lord in the right order. Up until this time, Samson has been the master and God got only the leftovers of a wasted life. Now, Samson appears ready to bow to the authority of God.
Again, there’s a lesson in this for us. Sometimes we fail to remember who is the Master and who is the slave. I would just remind you today that when God saved us, He purchased us unto Himself, (1 Cor. 6:19-20). Now, He owns exclusive rights to our lives. He alone has the power, and the right, to direct the course of our lives. He is the Master, and we are His slaves. We would do well to remember that!
He Acknowledged God’s Preeminence – Samson is worried that he might die, and “fall into the hands of the uncircumcised”. He seems to be concerned that if he dies in this manner, the Philistines will take his body and use his death as a way to dishonor God. So, Samson prays that God will spare him so that God may not be dishonored. At this single moment in time, Samson’s focus does not appear to be himself, but it appears to be the glory of God.
Again, this has something to teach us. God’s preeminence and His glory, should be the overriding factor in every decision and every action of ours, (1 Cor. 10:31). I fear that we often think about ourselves before we ever take God into consideration. We do as we please, go where we please, and act as we please, with no regard for how our deeds reflect upon Lord. Our first consideration in every area of life should be to ask ourselves, “Will this action glorify God, or will it diminish his glory?” Sadly, for many people, the glory of God never even flickers on the radar of their life. Our goal should always be to exalt Him. Every action, every thought, every word, should be considered in the light of had impacts the glory of God. After all, the primary goal of our lives is to bring glory and honor to the God who redeemed us.
1 Peter 1:13 (New King James Version (NKJV)
13 Therefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and rest your hope fully upon the grace that is to be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ;
“I Need Jesus” By: George O. Webster (1924)
1.I need Jesus, my need I now confess;
No friend like Him in times of deep distress;
I need Jesus, the need I gladly own;
Though some may bear their load alone,
Yet I need Jesus.
I need Jesus, I need Jesus,
I need Jesus every day;
Need Him in the sunshine hour,
Need Him when the storm-clouds low’r;
Every day along my way,
Yes, I need Jesus.
2. I need Jesus, I need a friend like Him,
A friend to guide when paths of life are dim;
I need Jesus, when foes my soul assail;
Alone I know I can but fail,
So I need Jesus.
3. I need Jesus, I need Him to the end;
No one like Him, He is the sinner’s friend;
I need Jesus, no other friend will do;
So constant, kind, so strong and true,
Yes, I need Jesus.
Most Holy Father, God of Immortality, Inspiration, and Integrity! Our prayer is not to die in our sleep while the enemy rapes our land. But with sword in hand, with prayer on lips, and with fire we see in each other’s eyes, our aim is to help revive God’s church, reenergize God’s people and restore our faith and our home. Help us Father, for we are our worst enemy. We come to fight as free men. And free we are. For the cross is our statue of liberty. Rally up the troops we must! For only warriors beget warriors! And in this war, only death begets life. As His loyal army serve, we will also serve with one another! And with eyes witnessing Jesus standing, waving His troops to “onward go,” our prayer is not just to die to self, but to live for Him. To God be the glory. Lord give us strength to die well and to live humbly. These things we pray In Jesus’ glorious name. Amen!
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