The Fine Art of Failure: Week 8 - Day 4

Opening Prayer: 

Father God, help me to be a peacemaker and not a revenge-taker when things don’t go my way.

 

Read: Judges 15:1-3 NIV

”Later on, at the time of wheat harvest, Samson took a young goat and went to visit his wife. He said, ‘I’m going to my wife’s room.’ But her father would not let him go in. ‘I was so sure you hated her,’ he said, ‘that I gave her to your companion. Isn’t her younger sister more attractive? Take her instead.’ Samson said to them, ‘This time I have a right to get even with the Philistines; I will really harm them.’”

 

Reflect:    

The saga continues in the life of Samson.  In chapter 14 we see him start down the slippery slope of sin when he desires a non-Israelite woman for his wife and is unequally yoked in marriage.  It’s the concept we heard talked about in the sermon this past weekend.  The slope just gets slicker and slicker.

 As the result of Samson’s actions, the father of the first woman decides Samson doesn’t want her and gives her to the best man.  Samson is oblivious of what has transpired, and he heads back to get his wife, only to discover she is gone.  The father offers his second daughter who is more beautiful.   You would think this would sound good to a hedonistic man like Samson.  But no, this is not to his liking (I wonder if he thought “no one is going to tell me what to do!”) and he decides to take revenge on the Philistines by turning foxes with burning tails loose in their grain fields.  At no time is he thinking about what God would want him to do.  There is no evidence Samson even consults with God.

This is what happens when we take on the world around us as Samson and the Israelites did.  They had forgotten God’s commandments about staying pure by not worshipping the idols of the land or intermarrying with pagan worshipers.  They were comfortable in their new life and saw nothing wrong with sliding further down the slippery slope of sin, growing further and further from God.

It’s easy to look at Samson and the Israelites and judge them for what they did.  In our judgement of them we need to stop and evaluate our lives.  Have we fallen into the comfortable life of this country and forgotten to consult God about what we are doing?

 

Apply:  

This week let’s evaluate our lives.  Are we sliding down the slippery slope away from God’s direction?  It’s so easy to do so as we get caught up in the busyness of our comfortable world.

 

Closing Prayer: 

Father, Your Word promises in James 4:8a: “Draw near to God and He will draw near to You.”  Help me right now to leave behind the busyness, noise and distractions of my world, draw near to You and wait for You.

Terry Schneider