Used By God
“Now Samson went to Gaza and saw a harlot there, and went in to her. When the Gazites were told, “Samson has come here!” they surrounded the place and lay in wait for him all night at the gate of the city. They were quiet all night, saying, “In the morning, when it is daylight, we will kill him.” And Samson lay low till midnight; then he arose at midnight, took hold of the doors of the gate of the city and the two gateposts, pulled them up, bar and all, put them on his shoulders, and carried them to the top of the hill that faces Hebron.” Judges 16:1-3
The gifts of the Spirit of the Lord are given unto us as He sees fit, distributed throughout the Body of Christ so that we may come together as a family and fully function in the Spirit, dependent upon God together as one. We are to use them to bless one another, allowing the Spirit to flow through the use of such gifts to bring glory to the Lord. God knows to whom each gift is best suited for use.
God also knows that we are not perfect. There is nothing about our lives that will take Him by surprise, even when we fail or choose to do wrong. Even when we have tainted our souls again with sin, and even if we have yet to confess and repent of our behavior and our sins, God can use us, and He very often chooses to do so, despite us. Such was the example given through Sampson.
Sampson did almost everything wrong, abusing the gift God had given him. Even before his birth, by instructing his parents in how to raise him as a Nazarite, God gave Sampson his gift. Because God is Who He is, He knew how Sampson would be, but He chose him anyway before he was born to have the gift of immense strength, signaling to us today the gifts of our Father which He will use for His ultimate glory, no matter what we do. That’s not to say we should go ahead and sin. God forbid! If we sin, we will be forgoing the blessings from God into our individual lives, and very well could face dire consequences in the end.
Sampson’s gift was for the benefit of Israel, but as he took it for granted and used it for his own personal gains, God knew this about him and still used Sampson to accomplish His own will. For all the sins which Sampson had done (touching a dead animal, marrying a Philistine, attending a drinking feast, having his hair cut), his gift was not removed, yet he would be punished when God suspended that gift. Sampson ended up blinded and placed in chains while his strength was taken for a time. God humbled him in the end, having removed his strength with his hair. But that was for a purpose…
God would ultimately use Sampson to dwindle the strength of the Philistines, setting them back tremendously in removing the high ranking officials and thousands of the people in one fell swoop. While still chained, Sampson would turn to God with his whole heart, and serve Him in accomplishing this one last act, therein bringing glory to God. The Lord would then ensure that Sampson be found in the annuls of the faithful, and we see him listed in the book of Hebrews among those men of great faith in the history of Israel.
God is going to use us as He wishes. We may not understand how it is going to come about, or what our role might be, but through faith, we know God has given us gifts and He will use them through us. After all, we did not ask specifically for certain gifts, and even if we did, He gave to us what He knows we will use most effectively for Him and for His glory. So, knowing who we are and what we will do even before we do it, He assigns unto us what He wishes, no matter what we do.
May we, by faith in The Lord God Almighty, live our lives as righteous and holy as we can, relying upon God’s strength to do so. May we use the gifts He has presented within us to accomplish His will and bring glory to His Name alone. And when we mess up, may we recognize it quickly and confess and repent, because God is still going to use us. We just don’t want to be left out of the blessing.