Can you believe it? We’re through the month of August, moving right along to the next of the beautiful kits Danielle has designed! YAY!
It’s full. Like, FULL! Color, variety, potential, and the mini devotion within… honey for the soul!
The faith art box for this month hit me on all levels, from creativity to conviction.
My first entry with said beloved kit is in the book of Judges.
Honestly, my least favorite book of the Bible is Judges. I don’t care for the contents, not because I don’t think they’re still very much inspired by a good and holy God; rather, I’m horrified by humanities ability to sink to depths in which one may become disturbed and saddened. Yeah, it’s bad.
As bad as it is, I believe that it’s redemptive purpose is clear; man is weak, and God is strong. Man is faulty, fickle, feeble, and fake; God is faithful, merciful, infallible, and without reproach. All of mankind, in our finite state, cannot hold a candle to the glory of Yahweh.
“Then Samson called to the LORD and said,
“O Lord GOD, please remember me and please strengthen me only this once,
O God, that I may be avenged on the Philistines for my two eyes.” – Judges 16:28
Samson, for example, was born with an unmatched power. Consecrated before birth, he was to fulfill the Nazarite vow to the Lord. Facets of this included, not touching any dead thing, not drinking a strong drink, and not shaving his head. Hmm, easy peasy.
But throughout his life Samson did what anyone could do with outstanding potential – use it; exploit it; exhaust it; abuse it. Samson didn’t live long as a judge for Israel, but in his life, he managed to break his vow in all aspects, and then some.
There’s such a danger in heavy reliance on, well, anything apart from God Almighty.
Through this very real account of broken humanity, God shines His overwhelming and undeserved favor and redemption!
About to face death by torturous means by the Philistines, Samson humbles himself in the presence of God, calling out to the only One that can – and has ever been able to – strengthen him to do what he was called to do.
In my process video, I go into further detail about his life and death, not just to help us see proud fall, but to see a couple of things true to God’s character:
- We are weak without Him, and it’s in our weaknesses where He best proves Himself as the glorious, Mighty God He says He is!
- Everyone can be redeemed. A life of rebellious behavior, driven by emotions, pride and arrogance, greed, and so on, can still be used to the glory of God! He can and does redeem those who fall at His merciful feet.
Samson’s life was not an example of victory through strength; it was an example of victory through weakness! Samson did more in his weakened state, than ever he did while still brutally, abnormally strong!
Such is our life. I think myself strong after I have my first cup of coffee in the morning. But as the stimulant wears off, I realize that human means do not accomplish the will of God – GOD accomplishes the will of God.
Let me encourage you today, sister or brother: no one is strong enough, long enough for life’s hurtles. We cannot bring down walls on our own; we can’t fight battles on our own; we cannot impact the world around us for the glory of God, without God!
I hope you’ll hang with me on the Youtube channel, and I pray that you’ll find encouragement there, friend. We are weak, and that’s ok. It’s in our weakness that God’s grace suffices and provides, fights and wins!