Sunday, October 24
Judges 13:24-25And the woman bore a son and called his name Samson. And the young man grew, and the LORD blessed him...
think about it.
What is the first thing about Samson that is special (13:24-25)? Samson chooses a Philistine wife; how does God use this poor choice (14:4)? How does Samson violate the restrictions the angel of the Lord set on him before his birth (14:5-20)? What is the secret to Samson's success in this passage?
If you're familiar with the Bible at all, then you probably know about Samson. I remember learning about and hearing stories of Samson from WAY back in Sunday School. What I remember from that is that Samson was incredibly strong, that he did some amazing things with that strength, he was a Judge for Israel and that that crafty woman Delilah ultimately did him in. But there's a lot more to Samson's story and the older I got the more I took in, considered and understood about Samson.
So as I began reading his story once again today, I found myself kind of shaking my head at some of Sampson's choices because they weren't always the best. Even so, God still used and worked through him. Now that's not to suggest that we should just go out and do what we want when we want and expect great things from the Lord, but it does tell me that even when I make mistakes God still loves me, He won't turn me away and He still wants my service.
So what are some things we can do to help us make good choices as we live out our life for the Lord? And as we close out the weekend, how about taking some time to ask the Lord to use you and work through you through week? Tami W.
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