“Come boldly to the Throne of Grace and obtain mercy and grace in your time of need.” —Hebrews 4:16
Samson is named in what is popularly referred to as the “Hall of Faith” in Hebrews 11. While the first few names were listed along with the events in which their faith travailed, other names that followed were simply mentioned; Samson was one name in the latter group.
Some people often wonder why Samson is called a hero of faith—Didn’t his story end tragically? How could such a tragic tale be inspiring to anyone?
Well, Samson is listed as a hero because his faith highlighted the depths that God’s redeeming grace, which yearns to restore man, could reach no matter how deep the pit of despair and destruction. It’s astounding that despite the horrors that happened to Samson because of continued complacency, he dared to have the bold faith that would lead him to pray to God and say, “O Lord, God, remember me…” This speaks of a person who’d known God on a deeply personal level, and had experienced richly His goodness, faithfulness, and mercies on numerous counts.
It’s a known fact that, typically, when the average person falls into sin, there’s the tendency to want to run from God; it takes God’s love and believing on this love, to be drawn back to Him in full hope and faith, and receive joy, peace, comfort, and restoration. Sadly, running is more common today among Christians than not. Thankfully, more people are being taught the truth that God gladly anticipates us turning to Him when we stumble or fall.
This is what Samson’s story brings to the table.
This is what Jesus’ coming and work on the cross illustrates—a loving Father Who wants to redeem!
Are you lost and in despair of redemption?
Do you believe that you’re too far gone to be saved?
Do you despair that at this point, it is impossible for your life to make meaning?
I invite you to look at Samson’s story and dare to be inspired by his faith and boldness to seek God’s grace that first forgave, then restored his purpose, and finally, gave his life and story impressive meaning that resonates to this day—so much so that he is recognized eternally as one of the great heroes of faith!
Remember this: no matter who you are, what you’ve done, and where you are right now—even sick in the hospital or in prison—in the hands of the Almighty and Faithful Jehovah, your story can make a difference and not be wasted or turned into ashes. The arm of God is not too short to restore purpose and use you to bless others. The wisdom of our Father in heaven—Jesus Christ—manifests in our lives in a myriad of ways if we let Him be the author and finisher of our faith.
Just dare to be bold to seek His grace and face.
What do you say?
About the Editor
Miranda A. Uyeh is the founder and editor of To Be A Person (TBAP), the author of Christian Romance/Suspense fiction, To Die Once: Child of Grace #1, and a Mogul Global Ambassador. She was a one-time shortlisted judge for the Inspy Awards in 2014 in the Contemporary Romance & Romance/Suspense Category.
When Miranda isn’t working on TBAP, she’s writing, reading for fun or relaxing with a good movie! When she gets bored with the world, she talks to God about it! To learn more about her book, To Die Once, her journey as an author and her other activities, you can follow her personal website. You can also connect with her on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, and Google+.
*The article, I Am Samson (Part 2), first appeared on ToBeAPerson (TBAP) Blog, and is part of the ‘I Am’ series.