I must say Sampson baffles me.
Maybe it's the different way men and women think.
Maybe it's the fact that I hate to be manipulated.
But how could this man not see through the lies?
And how could his anger rule if he was filled with the Spirit?
Sampson had a a wife before Delilah, you know. And that woman nagged him for a secret as well. Yes, Sampson baffles me.
But that's not to say that God cannot use flawed humans like Sampson... and like me. You see, I don't have to understand how Samson's mind or emotions worked to realize that God could use that to His advantage.
Now, the people of Israel had sinned greatly and God let their enemies, the Philistines, take over and oppress them. For He cannot be present when idol worship is going on. But when they admitted their sin and cried out to Him, God planned for a deliverer... in the man of Sampson.
For this was spoken to his mother by the Angel of the Lord...
For indeed, you will conceive and give birth to a son. You must never cut his hair, because the boy will be a Nazirite to God from birth, and he will begin to save Israel from the power of the Philistines.
Sampson's given purpose was to begin to save the Israelites from the power of the Philistines. And interestingly, God used not only Sampson's strength, but also his weaknesses to accomplish this.
For while he was physically strong before Delilah's trickery, he was emotionally weak when it came to lust and anger. These emotions overtook him... but so did the Spirit of God.
So the woman gave birth to a son and named him Samson. The boy grew, and the Lord blessed him. Then the Spirit of the Lord began to direct him in the Camp of Dan... Judges 13:24-25
Suddenly a young lion came roaring at him, the Spirit of the Lord took control of him, and he tore the lion apart with his bare hands as he might have torn a young goat. Judges 14:6
The Spirit of the Lord took control of him, and he went down to Ashkelon and killed 30 of their men (Philistines). Judges 14:19
When he came to Lehi, the Philistines came to meet him shouting. The Spirit of the Lord took control of him, and the ropes that were on his arms became like burnt flax and his bonds fell off his wrists. Judges 15:14
Even when Sampson was thirsty after a battle, God miraculously provided for him...
So God split a hollow place in the ground at Lehi, and water came out of it. After Samson drank, his strength returned, and he revived. Judges 15:19
Until the morning he awoke with his seven braids shaved off...
When he awoke from his sleep, he said, “I will escape as I did before and shake myself free.” But he did not know that the Lord had left him. Judges 16:20
But even though Sampson baffles me, the Lord surely does not. For this is what I know, because I find it every time I read His word...
And I actually think that God especially likes to use our weaknesses to prove His strength so that we cannot claim the victory for ourself.
Yes, people may baffle us.
They may in fact drive us crazy.
But know this... God is our Ever-Ready Strength in times of need! And just as He did with Sampson, He can cause us to fulfill our purpose if we will only let Him.
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