Judges 14:1-7 – Let the Trouble Begin
1 And Samson went down to Timnath, and saw a woman in Timnath of the daughters of the Philistines.
2 And he came up, and told his father and his mother, and said, I have seen a woman in Timnath of the daughters of the Philistines: now therefore get her for me to wife.
3 Then his father and his mother said unto him, Is there never a woman among the daughters of thy brethren, or among all my people, that thou goest to take a wife of the uncircumcised Philistines? And Samson said unto his father, Get her for me; for she pleaseth me well.
4 But his father and his mother knew not that it was of the Lord, that he sought an occasion against the Philistines: for at that time the Philistines had dominion over Israel.
5 Then went Samson down, and his father and his mother, to Timnath, and came to the vineyards of Timnath: and, behold, a young lion roared against him.
6 And the Spirit of the Lord came mightily upon him, and he rent him as he would have rent a kid, and he had nothing in his hand: but he told not his father or his mother what he had done.
7 And he went down, and talked with the woman; and she pleased Samson well.
Here we see the beginning of Samson’s problems. First, I need to point out that he was walking through a vineyard (he cannot eat things off vines, so what was he doing there?) and then he killed a lion (and then was touching a dead body). Although both of these seem like innocent scenarios, we will see that they will lead to more and more problems. Samson, however, also directly disobeyed God. In Deuteronomy 7:3, God forbade the Jews to marry non Jews so that the Jews would keep on following God. (Isn’t it interesting that if you are in a relationship with someone who does not follow God, then and now, it will distract you from God? Some things never change!) Samson wanted so badly to marry a Philistine woman. However, it was all part of God’s plan, although Samson was wrong in doing it, because God would make sure Samson would go against the Philistines in battle (whether Samson planned it or not!)
As we will see in the days to come, Samson’s indiscretions will lead to many problems in his life and cause him to not serve God to his full potential. Psalm 78:41 says that the Jews “turned back and tempted God, and limited the Holy One of Israel.” We can do the same thing. God has given us so much potential, however we can, by our own actions, limit God and not let Him use us to our full potential. With Samson, it will be his relationships that get him in trouble. With us, it could be friends, a boyfriend or girlfriend, a job, a car, pride, our fears, a sin that no one knows about, or anything, really! Here is the key, though: make sure we put nothing before God and that we are yielding ourselves to Him to let Him use us!
Life Step: Think about it…
In what ways do we “hinder” God from using us?
What kind of things do we tend to put before God?
How can we make sure that we can stay focused on God?