Samson and the Pillars of our Faith

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The strongest man to walk the earth was now a symbol of fallen humanity. Once a pillar of power and strength, he now stands weak and helpless. Once a pillar of wisdom and justice, he now stands as a testimony of human ignorance and pride. Once a symbol of freedom, he now stands chained to his failed passions. Once a symbolic pillar of humanity working with the divine, he now stands as an example of the brokenness that results when we no longer put our faith and trust in God. Samson was a pillar of God’s grace and power as long as he remained fixed on God. The moment he took his eyes off God, Satan was able to instigate his downfall. According to Webster’s Dictionary, a pillar is a firm upright support for a building or superstructure. Pillars are essential in keeping a building strong and safe. If the pillars of the building become weak and damage, the entire building could collapse. As we journey through this life, God has given us pillars to assist us in remaining faithful and obedient Christians. These pillars are grounded in our sure foundation, Jesus Christ. As long as we remain trusting and with our eyes fixed on Jesus, we will remain standing firm through the Grace of Jesus. However, when we become distracted by the bright lights of the world, and become seduced by the empty promises man, like Samson we will fall. How ironic, that Samson, a broken and fallen pillar, was use to bring down the symbolic system of opposition to God. In Judges 16:29-30, the Bible records that, “Samson took hold of the two middle pillars which supported the temple, and he braced himself against them, one on his right and the other on his left.” And he pushed with all his might and the temple fell on the lords and all the people ... ... middle of paper ... ... by grace we will rejoice knowing our sins are covered by His blood, and our names are written in the Lamb’s Book of Life. When Jesus should declare “It is finished,” and leaves the sanctuary, we can wait expectantly knowing that He is coming to take us home to glory. The good news today is that we can not only embrace the pillars of our faith, but as rest peacefully in a relationship with him, we have the assurance that God will keep us from falling. He will keep us by His Grace strong and upright like a mighty pillar. Paul agrees as he assures us in Philippians 1:6 that we can walk in a faithful relationship with Jesus- “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.” The “day of Christ Jesus” is fast approaching, and I want to be ready for His coming. What about you today?

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