He deeply needed anger management counseling. He was guilty of domestic violence and murder. While committing acts of vengeance, it seemed he was comfortable with the motto, “Do unto others worse than they did to you.” His parents were distressed by his lifestyle. He was an object of both fear and hatred by those who became the target of his wrath.
Although he grew up in a believing home, his actions at times seemed at odds with his faith life. None of us would justify his sinful actions, and yet we know that the Lord used him, warts and all. He delivered Israel from one of her most fierce and hurtful enemies, and he is counted among the believers “whose weakness was turned to strength.” (see Hebrews 11:32-34)
Like the original Samson, there are other Samsons among us today. Some have needed anger management counseling, are guilty of domestic violence, murder, or other crimes. In spite of all that, some have been chosen by the Lord. In pure grace, God sent His Spirit and worked faith in their evil, stony hearts. When one of those new children of God arrives at your church, will you welcome them?
To help yourself with that question, take a look in the mirror. Do you see a thief, an addict, a gossip, someone who struggles with sexual sin, or the love of money, or in need of control of emotions? Because if you don’t see any of those, you are looking at either a deluded person or a liar. “There is no one who does good…. All have sinned” (Roman’s 3:12,23).
Yet God forgave us! Yet God welcomed us unconditionally! Now He sends us to welcome others with the same mercy and grace which He extended to us. Just like those future Samsons you will meet, we are all a work in progress. So, God placed us in church families where we continue to be mentored, both by the Word and by strong Christians we can trust. Each of us is sick and in need of the Divine Physician. But remember – we aren’t just patients! We are also one of God’s first responders, responsible to rescue the perishing!
God bless our partnership together with one another and our Lord and Savior, Jesus.
Executive Director Philip Henselin
Read about Samson in Judges 13-16.