The possibility of apostasy!
But he did not know that the LORD had departed from him.
The apostasy from God is a great tragedy, far beyond all that we
can think of. Consider to once have owned heaven and beatitude,
relationship and friendship with God, and then fall from this height and
down into the everlasting damnation! But it becomes especially tragic,
when oneself is not even aware of, that this has happened!
It is something particular, a particular weakness with you for
instance, which you gradually more and more begins to pamper, in stead
of living in the light with it, and confess it as the sin it really is.
It can be different things with the different persons, all
according to how their nature and attitude is.
With Samson, whom we read about here, it was women. Something that
led him astray, away from the Lord and His way and into Delilahs snare.
For Judas it was the love of money that won, the greed for money
and hope for a great seat and great power by Jesus' side in His kingdom.
For king Saul, whom at the starting point - when God chosed him -
was a man who were little in his own eyes (1 Sam. 15:17), it was the
haughtiness that got Gods place.
For Demas it was the love of this present world - the life in
Thessalonica, which he went to.
And notice - you who are aware of so much sin, weakness and
unsteadiness in yourself, and maybe thinks: Then it seems to be no hope
for someone like me! - Not one of these were lost because they had these
sins and weaknesses, but because they no longer confessed them as sins,
but let them get Gods place! It was accordingly not God that had
rejected them, but they that had rejected God! - Therefore, they ended
up being rejected by God.
It is not without reason David - a man that gradually was well
known with his own weaknesses - prays: «Do not cast me away from Your
presence And do not take Your Holy Spirit from me!» (Psalm 51:11). And
another place: «Search me, O God, and know my heart; Try me and know my
anxious thoughts; And see if there be any hurtful way in me, And lead me
in the everlasting way!» (Psalm 139:23-24).
That is a prayer we all need to pray, to Him who have plans for
welfare and not for calamity to give us a future and a hope! (Jer.
29:11), yes, gave Himself to ensure our future!
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