'These things happened to them as examples...for us...' 1 Corinthians 10:11 NIV
Over the next two days we’re comparing and contrasting two Bible characters, with a view to draw out some juicy wisdom. First, Mr. Samson. He was the product of a miracle (see Judges 13), brought up by godly parents and most famous for his supernatural strength. If he was the beefy, all–round superman of a guy that we often see depicted, he’d probably be all over your Twitter feed (#strongmansamson). Yet he ended up failing miserably (see Judges 16). Why? He didn’t pray. Most of the time, he relied on his own strength and wisdom rather than God’s. The only time there’s a mention about Samson praying was when he was in trouble. Ring a bell? We can’t be surprised if we live according to our will only, then wonder why we’re in a mess!
There’s another big decision–making lesson we can learn from him. Rather than being led by God’s Word, he was led by his feelings to marry the wrong woman, who eventually betrayed him. Being led by your emotions before checking in with God might feel ‘right’ for a short while, but never turns out too well. Samson sought revenge, but Joseph prayed for those who hurt him. He was motivated by greed, whereas Joseph worked hard.
Why mention these things? If it can happen to Samson, it can happen to us! Samson’s story is a good pointer to keep our God–given strengths in check... and check–in with God instead. What do people say you’re good at? Today make time to thank God for that, and devote it to glorifying Him.
SoulFood: Acts 14-15, Mk 1:14-22, Ps 16, Prov 11:1-2
word4U2day (an adaptation of The Word for Today authored by Bob & Debby Gass) is published under licence by UCB Australia. 2014 UCB International Ltd