Faith and Commitment

Steven Laman

READ : Judges 13:2-5
Judges 16:23-30

Then Samson prayed to the Lord, “O Sovereign Lord, remember me. O God, please strengthen me just once more.” (16:28, niv)

For the most part I enjoy being a volunteer aide at an elementary school. Sometimes, when I have to deal with rude and disinterested students, I consider quitting. But I won’t because I have made a commitment to the teachers.

My commitment level is nothing compared to God’s. Even when we are disobedient, we can have faith that he will not abandon us. God’s dedication is seen in the life of Samson. Before his parents conceived him, an angel appeared to instruct them how to raise him for the Lord’s purpose – to begin the deliverance of Israel from the Philistines. However, Samson made some terrible choices and wasted his life on worldly pleasures. Even when Samson was heading in the wrong direction, God remained faithful. When he was jailed, blind, and weak, he had enough faith to pray that God would make him strong one last time. God granted his request and he was used to bring down the pagan temple, the beginning of Israel’s liberation.

Samson’s story reminds us that even when we stray, we can be assured the Lord will remain faithful. May his unshakeable commitment to us inspire us to be more committed to him.

PRAYER

O Sovereign Lord, thank you for your commitment to us. Help us remain devoted to you.