March 21 – Judges 14:1-7

March 21 – Judges 14:1-7

14 Samson went down to Timnah, and at Timnah he saw one of the daughters of the Philistines. Then he came up and told his father and mother, “I saw one of the daughters of the Philistines at Timnah. Now get her for me as my wife.” But his father and mother said to him, “Is there not a woman among the daughters of your relatives, or among all our people, that you must go to take a wife from the uncircumcised Philistines?” But Samson said to his father, “Get her for me, for she is right in my eyes.”

His father and mother did not know that it was from the Lord, for he was seeking an opportunity against the Philistines. At that time the Philistines ruled over Israel.

Then Samson went down with his father and mother to Timnah, and they came to the vineyards of Timnah. And behold, a young lion came toward him roaring. Then the Spirit of the Lord rushed upon him, and although he had nothing in his hand, he tore the lion in pieces as one tears a young goat. But he did not tell his father or his mother what he had done. Then he went down and talked with the woman, and she was right in Samson's eyes.

God’s ways are not always obvious to us.  But certainly we need to keep our eyes on God to have even a chance at staying in His will for us.  If we see our desires are not lining up with God’s laws, we should know to stop and take a step back and seek His guidance.

But God can use human desires and plans to accomplish His work in spite of us and our bad choices.

How has God redeemed your bad choices?


Heavenly Father, I could write a book about my poor choices and how You have been there, loved me, and redeemed things I thought couldn’t be redeemed.  You amaze me with Your wisdom and kindness, but Your love is the thing that is above all wondrous.  You love us unconditionally and we don’t deserve it.  You love us without demanding love in return.  Your love drove You to sacrifice Your own Son.  Thank You for that love that never ends and surpasses all understanding.

In Jesus’ name.



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