“Blessed is the man Who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly, Nor stands in the path of sinners, Nor sits in the seat of the scornful; But his delight is in the law of the Lord, And in His law he meditates day and night. He shall be like a tree Planted by the rivers of water, That brings forth its fruit in its season, Whose leaf also shall not wither; And whatever he does shall prosper.”
Psalms 1:1-3 NKJV
In the conduct of daily life, it is necessary for the servant of God to periodically rub shoulders with the ungodly, for they are the mission that the Lord has given us. Even so we are called to be amongst them, but not with them in their sin.
It is important for the follower of Jesus to maintain a spiritual distance, giving little opportunity to for compromise, giving no room for undue temptation, brought on by too much contact with those whose god is the devil.
I read more about Samson this morning, of his defeat of the Philistines, thus delivering Israel from bondage and his twenty three years judging Israel. Like every great victory, there is all too often room for a great fall, as success breeds carelessness and can cause one to fail to seek the guidance of the Lord.
As I read of Samson’s fall, I found myself thinking of Psalm one. I could see the progression of Samson remaining with the Delilah night after night, slowly lowering his guard, as she pressed him for the secret of his strength. He had been seduced, soul and spirit, by the dark side, thus opening himself up to sin, and subsequently, the loss of God with him.
“Blessed is the man Who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly, Nor stands in the path of sinners, Nor sits in the seat of the scornful;”
Psalms 1:1 NKJV
As an enemy combatant in a far off land, we are at war with the forces of the flesh, whose mission is to corrupt the hearts of the saved, and destroy our testimonies. We are called to remain faithful to the our future home, that place reserved for all who believe.
As citizens of an eternal Kingdom, we do not walk in the counsel of the ungodly. We use our interactions to present the Good News, to testify of what God has done. The relationship is largely one way, as we bring Jesus, lift others up to Jesus, and remain unspotted from the world.
“Pure and undefiled religion before God and the Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their trouble, and to keep oneself unspotted from the world.”
James 1:27 NKJV
Those who have been captured by sin are as widows and orphans, for the evil one has abandoned them to their destruction, offering not help nor hope. Our bible based values, as followers of Jesus provide us hope and help, and give us something good to offer. As we walk among those to be redeemed, we do not seek their counsel, but we lean on the word of God.
Samson came back night after night, being tempted more and more, to reveal the secret of his strength. His nightly return left him motionless, standing in the path of sinners. The Christian faith is dynamic, we must always be about the Father’s business. We are to move forward, growing in faith and godliness.
I seek the Lord everyday, making it a priority to spend time in the word of God, seeking Him daily, allowing Him to transform my mind. As I proceed through life in Him, He changes my thinking, and governs my actions.
“Commit your works to the Lord, And your thoughts will be established.”
Proverbs 16:3 NKJV
In this spiritual life, I have lost many friends, sometimes by my choosing, but more often than not, I have been abandoned. I look upon this as God’s way of trimming way the weeds from my life, allowing the good crop of righteousness to grow.
Samson allowed himself to sit in the seat of scorners, finding himself caught, robbed of his strength, and in bondage. All too often this happens to the followers of Jesus, as we have yielded to the temptations, and causing us to turn from life in Christ, toward life in the world.
All praise be to God that He has given us His Holy Spirit, providing constant urges and whispers, wooing us back to Jesus. In our lowliness, we call out to God and His presence begins to grow, giving us the strength to turn from our wickedness and back to Him.
As Samson’s hair begin to grow, His strength returned. In this, there was repentance and revival, and a desire to glorify God as he has failed before.
“However, the hair of his head began to grow again after it had been shaven.”
Judges 16:22 NKJV
“Then Samson called to the Lord, saying, “O Lord God, remember me, I pray! Strengthen me, I pray, just this once, O God, that I may with one blow take vengeance on the Philistines for my two eyes!” And 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. Then Samson said, “Let me die with the Philistines!” And he pushed with all his might, and the temple fell on the Lords and all the people who were in it. So the dead that he killed at his death were more than he had killed in his life.”
Judges 16:28-30 NKJV
Brothers and sisters, many of us have gotten too close to the world, having walked, stood and sat, and as a result we have been blinded to the glory of God. Having been shorn, of spiritual power, rather than hair, we have become weak.
Some of us feel so lost, so captivated by this horrible reality, that we do not feel as if we can ever be free, let alone ever glorify the Lord.
But know this: if you have been born of the Spirit, the Spirit is still in you, and as Samson’s hair began to grow, so too can your faith, for it is based in the Everlasting God.
We are in the time of revival in this world, for we know that the Lord is coming soon. Let us each pray that “just this once”, the Lord would restore us that we glorify Him, that walk in righteousness, and fulfill the commission Jesus has given us.
Instead of killing the enemy more with our deaths than in our lives, let us lead more to eternal life in Christ in our precession to a martyr’s death, than we did in the fullness of our mortal lives. May our last moments be spent doing His work, and may we see Jesus and be told: “well done, good and faithful servant.”
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