2014-11-10 - What Would Samson's Mother Say?
"The angel of the LORD appeared to her and said, 'You are sterile and childless, but you are going to conceive and have a son.'" (Judges 13:3)
The Lord blessed Manaoh and me with a child, Samson, our first son. Samson became a judge, a position he held for 20 years. We loved Samson dearly.
From the beginning, Samson was set apart by the Lord. This may sound hard to believe, but it is the truth: An angel spoke with me about my pregnancy! The angel advised me not to drink anything fermented or eat anything unclean while I was pregnant, and I followed the guidelines without fail.
Samson was anointed by God, and mighty in physical strength; he had a lot going for him. Still, Samson had a tragic life. He had a weakness for women. (See Samson's story in Judges 13-16.) His trust in one in particular, manipulative Delilah, cost Samson his life.
Why couldn't he see her evil ways? I think he was too blinded by love - or what he thought to be love. She was just with him for the money, the Philistines promised to give her, once she delivered Samson over to them. It breaks my heart to think about how his life turned out. Surely the Lord had a better way.
Delilah used Samson, which led to our son being captured and maimed. With nothing to lose, Samson prayed to his Heavenly Father one last time. Samson went to the One who could help. God did not turn him away, nor did the Lord use the opportunity to remind Samson of his mistakes or flaws. Samson still lost his life, but he put his faith in a forgiving and caring God, just as we can, when it seems all is lost.
Lord, Help me recognize any weaknesses I have, and show me how they are affecting my life. In Jesus' name I pray, Amen.
All scripture references are from the NIV unless otherwise noted.