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"Even Heroes Repent"Doug MitchellSamson was a biblical superhero--seemingly super human and invincible. But after he gave in to sin, he became a humiliated slave of the enemy. The Philistines gave glory to their god, “Dagon” for helping them capture their great enemy. The people called for Samson to be brought to entertain them. They thought that Samson’s blindness made him weak. They didn’t know that God had forgiven him and restored his strength. “Then Samson put his hands on the two center pillars that help up the temple. Pushing against them with both hands, he prayed, ‘Let me die with the Philistines.’ And the temple crashed down on the Philistine rulers and all the people.” (Judges 16:29-30 NLT) God did not abandon Samson, but he did allow Samson’s poor decisions to stand. We may choose to be close to God or to go our own way; however, there may be negative consequences from our choices. In spite of Samson’s past, God still answered his prayer and he destroyed the pagan temple and worshipers. God still loved him. He was willing to hear Samson’s prayer of confession and repentance and use him this final time. The guilt we feel from sin may keep us from wanting to pray. But, we must remember that no matter how long we have been away from God, he is ready to hear from us and restore us. Every situation can be salvaged if we are willing to turn to him. If God could still work in Samson’s situation, he can certainly make something worthwhile out of ours.