“And what shall I more say? for the time would fail me to tell of And what shall I more say? for the time would fail me to tell of Gedeon, and of Barak, and of Samson, and of Jephthae; of David also, and Samuel, and of the prophets:, and of Jephthae; of David also, and Samuel, and of the prophets:”
There are times in the Scriptures when I have to scratch my head and wonder what God was talking about when He uses someone for an illustration of good. The verse above is one of those times when I look at a name and wonder how that name appeared in the chapter that has the heroes of the faith. Hebrews 11 is commonly called, the heroes Hall of Faith. When you read through this chapter, you can easily justify people being in this chapter. There are some obvious names that everyone would agree that they deserve to be in the Hall of Faith, and then there are some lesser-known people who God included in the Hall of Faith.
However, there is one name that I see that just doesn’t make any sense at first glance as to how they made it into God’s Hall of Faith. The verse above says, “And what shall I more say? for the time would fail me to tell of Gedeon, and of Barak, and of Samson…” How in the world did Samson make it into this chapter? Samson lived most of his life in sin. It was Samson who seemed to consort more with the enemy than fight them. It was Samson who eventually fell to the Philistines because of an adulterous affair with Delilah.
The secret as to why Samson made this chapter is found in verse 34 when it says, “…out of weakness were made strong…” The simple reason as to why Samson made this chapter was because he got back up after falling. Though he fell, he still got back up and gave what he had left to the LORD. It wasn’t how drastic his fall was that mattered to God, but it was his ability to get back up that mattered to God. In his weakness, God made him strong.
Do you find yourself in Samson’s shoes? Oh, you may not have fallen to the Philistine army, and you may not have lost your physical eyes because of bondage, but you may find yourself looking at the scars that sin has left and wonder if God could ever use you. Let me encourage you that if God can use Samson that He can use you. It didn’t matter to God how “bad” Samson’s sin was and how much his sin affected others, but it mattered to God that he got back up and tried to serve Him again. No matter how deep you may have fallen and how tragic sin has scarred your life, God is more than willing to use you greatly if you will get back up.
Let me encourage you to stop allowing guilt to be your excuse not to do anything for God. There are no depths of sin that a believer can go to that God can’t restore their life and use them again. The only thing that is holding you back from being used by God is that you are still laying in your sin. You are letting sin win as long as you let sin’s fall hold you down. God has something great He can still do through your life if you will embrace God’s forgiveness and get back up.
Moreover, don’t allow the Pharisees criticisms of what you have done to hold you back from doing something for God. I hate to say this, and you probably already know this, but there are many Pharisees who don’t want you to get back up and be used by God. Don’t let their criticisms stop you from finding purpose for your life and serving God again. All that matters is that God will use you if you will get back up.