Like many of the women in the Bible, Samson’s mother was unable to have children. But the Lord saw her plight and sent an angel to give her a message: “You have never been able to have children, but you will soon be pregnant and have a son. Be sure not to drink any wine or beer, or eat any forbidden food; and after your son is born, you must never cut his hair, because from the day of his birth he will be dedicated to God as a Nazirite. He will begin the work of rescuing Israel from the Philistines” (Judges 13:3-5).
Her son was Samson.
Now a certain Philistine woman caught Samson’s eye, and he insisted that his parents get her for him to marry.
“Why do you have to go to those heathen Philistines to get a wife? Can’t you find a girl in our own clan, among all our people,” his parents had complained (Judges 14:3).
Verse 4 says, “His parents did not know that it was the Lord who was leading Samson to do this, for the Lord was looking for a chance to fight the Philistines. At the time the Philistines were ruling Israel.”
God was orchestrating His plan for Samson’s life by making Samson think it was his idea.
“The steps of a [good] man are directed and established of the Lord, when He delights in his way [and He busies Himself with his every step]” (Psalm 37:23 AMP).
If you are a Born-again Believer, meaning if you have accepted Christ as your Lord and Saviour, then God is directing and establishing your steps as well.
“When anyone is joined to Christ, he is a new being; the old is gone, the new has come” (II Corinthians 5:17)
At that moment, God started planting His desires within your heart. His desires became your desires, which is all apart of His plan to get you in a position to fulfill your purpose.
Samson had to fall in love with a Philistine girl, so that he might be put in a position to rescue the Israelites from the Philistines, just as the angel had told Samson’s mother before he was born.
But God’s plan always comes with opposition. The Philistine girl, Delilah, married him, but what was her intention in doing so? To get to the source of Samson’s strength. She wanted to know his secret to render him powerless against the Philistines.
The enemy does the same thing in our lives. He brings things and people into our lives to stop us, or at least distract us, from doing what God has planned for us to accomplish with our lives.
But in the end, even though, Delilah betrayed him by having his hair cut, he still defeated the Philistines. He was going to defeat them...if he had to die trying...and he did. He died with them.
We have to be tenacious just like Samson. We have to fight to accomplish God’s assignment for our lives until the bitter end. I’d rather die trying to accomplish God’s plan for my life than to have never tried at all.
Remember what Proverbs 29:18 (AMP) says: “Where there is no vision [no redemptive revelations from God], the people perish;”
When you are not working on God’s purpose for your life, you will be aimless, wandering through life, trying to find something, or someone, to make you happy. But you never will. Only when you are fulfilling your purpose will you be truly happy because it is why you were created. It is why you are alive.
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