Slow Fade Part-2: The First Mistake

Judges 14:1-2 Samson went down to Timnah and saw a young PHILISTINE woman.  When he returned he said to his father…”get her for me as my wife.” Wait…Hold up!! Isn’t he supposed to be destroying the Philistines not intermarrying with them? I’m confused.

 Some how Samson forgot what he was supposed to be doing.  He set his desires and fleshly wants ahead of God and his call in life! Sometimes we as Christians do that too.  We forget that God says He has a plan for us that comes when we seek Him (Jer 29:11-13). We forget that when we are obedient to His word we reap the benefits of that word. We allow what we think, our own understanding and thoughts (Prov 3:5; 14:12) to stop us cold.  We “inter-marry” outside of our inheritance forgetting that we are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, set apart and get all mixed up in what may very well lead us to death.

But thank God for GRACE and our God’s supreme sovereignty.  God was still able to use this to get the job done!! Judge 14:4 “His parents didn’t know that this was from the Lord who was seeeking an occassion to confront the Philistines…” See God can still get the glory somehow but the outcome may not totally benefit us.  See at the end of this section of his life Samson did get a chance to  confront the Philistines but he lost his wife in the process (Judges 14:12-20).  His wife turned out to be deceitful and disloyal and in the end she was given to a friend who attended the wedding! When we go outside of God’s will in sin or disobedience we forfeit blessings that He promised us.  We forfeit power, we forfeit peace.  The plan may still go on but there may be many bumps and bruises that could have been avoided if we stayed focused on the destiny fulfiller…God.

I can definitely think of some times where I made a left turn instead of that right and ended up down a dead-end road!. But thanks be to God His grace was and still is sufficient!  He says that He would never leave you or forsake you and if you return to Him He would return to you (Isaiah 3:7 ). It’s never too late to turn around and find the path God intended for you. God loves us that much! Thank God for that!!