Samuel O. Doku (Washington, DC). The Almighty God in his mercy gives us second chances to atone for our shortcomings and misdeeds, was the overriding theme in Ms. Michelle Tchatat’s message delivered on the prayer line of Amazing Love Church Ministry Int’l Tuesday.
Using Judges 16: 22-31 as the focal point of her message, Michelle reiterated that the Samson and Delilah tragic love story is still as important today as it was over 4,000 years ago. “Our God is a great God of second chances as He demonstrated in the famous Samson and Delilah story.
“Samson didn’t function according to God’s purpose. He had fun with the enemy; he sold himself to his enemies, and they destroyed him, but God made him fulfill his purpose in life before he died,” said Ms. Tchatat.
Ms. Tchatat observed that even in the face of adversity, when situations seemingly could be hopeless, God can still manifest His glory in the lives of His children by ensuring that they fulfill the purpose for which God has created them to accomplish, if they call on Him.
“God won’t let you go until you have accomplished His purpose in your life. In Samson’s captivity, he began to develop a relationship with God. At that moment, he regained the strength that had deserted him when the Philistines cut his hair. He asked to be taken to be near the two middle pillars so that he could continue to entertain them.
“With his strength regained, Samson pushed the two middle pillars that were the foundation of the building, and the building collapsed and killed everybody in it, including the leaders of the Philistines and Samson. Thereby, he killed more Philistines with one single act of bravery than he did in his entire life time, and he ruled for 20 years” Michelle narrated.
She noted that God has a purpose for each of us and wondered if we are walking in the purpose He has created us for. “Are you in one accord with God. If not, turn back to Him and acknowledge your sins for His forgiveness. Whatever we do, we must do it to the glory of the Lord. If in doubt, ask for His direction through prayer and reading of the Bible,” stated Ms. Tchatat.
She counseled that children of God must not allow the enemy to rejoice over their lives by playing into their hands and being captured. “We are children of God called for a reason. God has set us apart for a reason. God created some of us to be millionaires and leaders, but we are not walking in His path. Don’t allow your enemies to rejoice over your life because they think you’re a failure. If Samson had stayed on purpose, he wouldn’t have suffered.”
However, through the restoration of Samson’s strength, the Philistines finally acknowledged the greatness of God. “If God was able to restore Samson’s strength, God is God, and He is really mighty,” acknowledged the Philistines.
From that perspective, Ms. Tchatat surmised that God is the only One who has the final say in our lives; He is the only authority, not our parents, and certainly, not our enemies. “You will receive the glory of the Lord; you will have your second chance, and your life will be a manifestation of God’s mercy. Live your life in exaltation of God, and you will be exalted,” noted Ms. Tchatat.
Pastor Jean Paul Ntap drew from Ms. Tchatat’s message and observed that God restores those who call on Him, even in failure. “The goodness of God endures and He loves us; that’s why He gave His only begotten son to come and die for us to save us from our sins. Believe in Him for your eternal life,” said Pastor Jean Paul.
Furthermore, he noted that it is always important to acknowledge your sin and ask for forgiveness. “When you are wrong, be humble enough to admit it and ask for forgiveness. But some of us lack humility, which is not good. Samson first called on the name of the Lord because he knew he had failed.
“Samson’s enemy was around him all the time, but when he befriended Delilah, he forgot the purpose for which God created him. Don’t forget to call on the Lord always, because He can deliver you from any situation,” said Pastor Jean Paul.
Pastor Ntap, in his role as moderator, invoked Acts 2: 21 to inform his prayer. “Then everyone who calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.” He also cited Romans 8: 38-39, which I have used as an epigram for this story.