Do you feel that you’ll never be happy again because you’ve made too many mistakes in life? Do you live in regret, feeling bad about missed opportunities and crushing failures? Maybe because of sin, you feel that God won’t ever bless you. You feel that you are too far gone, nobody can save you now.
Well, I have good news for you.
God’s mercy is more amazing than you can imagine. God’s mercy can erase all the harm of your mistakes. Even when the trouble we experience is due to our fault, God will still accept us if we come to him. When we repent and receive God’s forgiveness, we can be free from condemnation. God wants us to live in victory and will change us so our failed lives will become triumphant lives. As it says in Philippians 1:6 – “Being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.”
Samson is a good example on how God wants your life to end on a victorious note. Samson was one of the great warriors in the Bible, whose birth was prophesized by an angel. He had a special gift – he was a Nazarite, a man dedicated to God, so as long as he didn’t cut his hair, he would have supernatural strength. Over his illustrious career, he killed lions and fought many Philistines. But He had one weakness – beautiful women. He fell in love with a Philistine woman called Delilah, who pleaded with him to reveal his secret. At first Samson lied to her about the source of his strength, but over time she wore him down and Samson told her his secret – “If you cut my hair, my strength will be gone”. Delilah told the Philistines Samson’s secret and cut his hair. When they burst into the room to capture him, to his horror, Samson felt that all his strength had left him and his enemies captured him. The Philistines made Samson a slave and sent him to grind at the mill. They even gouged out his eyes, making him blind.
Now you might that this would be the end of Samson’s story. He made a mistake and now his life was doomed. He had his chance but he blew it. But that’s not the way God works. God always gives us another chance.
One day, the Philistines were in their temple celebrating a festival of their god Dagon. They brought out Samson to entertain them. Now by this time Samson had been in prison for a while and his hair had started to grow, so he got his supernatural strength back. Samson asked the servant who held his hand, “Put me where I can feel the pillars that support the temple, so that I may lean against them.”
Now there were many people at the temple, and on the roof were about three thousand men and women.
Samson prayed – “Sovereign Lord, remember me. Please, God, strengthen me just once more, and let me with one blow get revenge on the Philistines for my two eyes.”
Samson placed himself between the two central pillars of the temple. With his right hand on one pillar and left on the other, Samson shouted – “Let me die with the Philistines!” Then he pushed with all his might, and down came the temple on the rulers and all the people in it. Thus he killed many more when he died than while he lived.
At the end of his life, Samson experienced greater victory than what he did early on his life, despite all his mistakes. God wants the same for you, He wants the later part of your life to be more triumphant than the early part, even if you might have taken a few mis-steps. Proverbs 14:16 says – “For though a righteous man falls seven times, he rises again.” Don’t ever think that you’ve done so much wrong that God can’t redeem you. Don’t give up on life because you’ve failed so many times. Get up once again and feel God renew your strength like he did for Samson. You can’t change the past but you can do something about the future. Run to God to receive his love, acceptance and redemption. He will always give you another chance!
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