What made Samson a man of faith? After all, he is entered into the Hebrews 11 “Hall of Faith”, as it is sometimes called. But if you read the story of Samson, you’ll discover that he had some negative sides.
For example, Samson sinned by wanting to marry a non-Israelite. He also touched a dead lion and did nothing to purify himself — forbidden in God’s law. He was too weak to say “No” to his wife when she begged him to tell her why he was so strong.
But here is an amazing thing: Samson is recorded as being one of the great heroes of the faith in Hebrews 11!
“And what shall I more say? for the time would fail me to tell of Gedeon, and of Barak, and of Samson, and of Jephthae; of David also, and Samuel, and of the prophets.” (Hebrews 11:32)
Look at that! Right there with David and Samuel and the prophets! So God thought very highly of Samson to have “put him in” like that among all the others. The question is, why?
I think that the answer is that Samson was a man, who, despite his many weaknesses, was able to “get up” and rely upon God again.
Even when the going was very rough … at the very end of his life, when his eyes had been put out, and it looked like all was lost … what did Samson do? He called on God for strength!
“And Samson called unto the LORD, and said, O Lord GOD, remember me, I pray thee, and strengthen me, I pray thee, only this once, O God, that I may be at once avenged of the Philistines for my two eyes.” (Judges 16:28)
God answered him, and gave him strength. Samson also died as a result, because the whole house in which he was in came crashing to the ground. But one cannot help but wonder, that, because of this man’s faith and the honorable mention he is given in Hebrews 11 that he is not enjoying a rich heritage in heaven, reserved for all those who will call upon the Lord with a sincere heart!
“For a just man falleth seven times, and riseth up again.” (Proverbs 24:16)
When Samson “fell”, he got up again.
That’s what I like about Samson.
We can all learn a lesson from this, myself included.