“Through their faith, the people in days of old earned a good reputation…..their weakness was turned to strength.”
Hebrews 11 lists so many of the Old Testament veterans, who through faith, overcame evil, fought for justice, endured horrible and gruesome deaths for the name of the Lord, or defeated those who opposed the Lord. It is so interesting to read each of their stories found in this intriguing book because it highlights that God used normal people to accomplish His works on earth, and through them, nations were defeated and God’s name was proclaimed among the world.
Furthermore, it highlights that God used these heroes of faith in spite of their weaknesses. If you look through the list of people mentioned in Hebrews 11, you will no doubt be able to pick out stories or attributes of their characters that either seem controversial or dishonouring to Almighty God, none more so than the life of Samson. Yet, here they are in this hall of fame, having being credited for their faith by the writer of Hebrews.
We have learnt that in the last few days that Samson’s life was far from perfect. He was arrogant, selfish, lustful, weak (in terms of controlling his desires), immature, reckless and even lived a lifestyle in opposition to God through his rebellious decisions. However, his last act of courage, bravery and faith show us that God never gives up on us, even in our last dying breath.
We can take comfort in knowing that God doesn’t wait for us to be perfect or doesn’t wait for us to make the right decisions. He chooses us not on our credentials but, because He sees a vessel that He can pour His grace out on. His chooses us in spite of our weaknesses and flaws and gives us strength in our weakness. God’s grace for us is enough.
So stop saying you are not good enough to be used by God and learn to trust in Him. Through Christ’s power in us, we are world changers and we can brings glory to the Name of Jesus throughout the nations.