OVERVIEW: Samson reveals his impulsive and selfish nature. He falls in love with a woman he shouldn’t marry, breaks his Nazirite vow, and storms off on his wedding day.
BIG IDEA: Be thoughtful and wise. Impulsive living can be dangerous.
KEY VERSE: Judges 14:3 (Samson’s parents to Samson)
His father and mother objected. “Isn’t there even one woman in our tribe or among all the Israelites you could marry?” they asked. “Why must you go to the pagan Philistines to find a wife?” But Samson told his father, “Get her for me! She looks good to me.”
IF GOD WROTE YOU A LETTER
Temptations will surround you–things that sparkle, smell good, taste sweet, and look fantastic. Many of those items have value and a time and place to be enjoyed, but often they are simply distractions. They are a way to get your attention so that you don’t think about or follow me. Learn to disregard them and pursue me. Allow me to provide what you enjoy at the proper time.
I want to be the one who leads and rules your life. I want to be the one you turn to and trust. When you are tempted and enticed, learn to look to me. I want you to seek me and to listen to my instructions. My voice will often be quiet compared to the chaos around you. But if you pursue me and listen, you will hear me. Tune to my frequency. Develop God-ears, where my voice is loud and clear. I want your life to be led by me, not by your natural desires.
Slow down and seek God. Is there a decision you need to make or something you have been considering? Talk to God and get wise counsel from others.