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Gifts and Desires Part 2
by Susan Storm Smith
11/26/05
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Welcome back, as we continue the dialogue on Gifts and Desires, today looking at Judges 14. God knows the desires of our hearts. He says in the Bible, that he will search our heart, judge us by the desires of our heart, and give us the desires of our heart. That's quite a lot, wouldn't you say?

In this chapter, we begin to see Samson as a young man who begins to have a great desire for a woman. Unfortunately, it is also a Philistine woman. Her people have dominion over the Israelites. Like most parents, his father and mother were no pleased at his choice of brides. Apparently his parents were true to traditions and the Jewish faith but nevertheless, they go with him to seek out this woman their son just had to have. The desire of his heart was so great, he was willing to plead with his biological father over the matter.

We do the same thing with God. When we just gotta have it--we will go to the Lord in prayer, in our best prayer speech and ask God to deliver the desires of our heart. We speak it, believe it, and release it--even when we actually know that it might not be God's perfect will in our lives. We then find that we got what we asked for, and then when we find it wasn't exactly what we wanted, ask God to release us from our own disaster. Does that sound familiar?

What we then have after we repent and get back on track is that God will use what we messed up, at least the lesson in our life, for good. Samson has a woman problem, and it isn't just a one-time desire. He likes women and they like him. He's a fine looking man, full of strength and has come from a good family. But Samson doesn't care where the women come from, he goes on physical characteristics, which do not always bring the best results. But God ...

Judges 14:4 "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."

Before you jump to conclusions and say, well, see God had him go to a foreign woman so He could come against the Philisitines--If Samson had not had the attitude that any woman would do in his life, he would not be in position to be used by God for this type of destruction that was to come. Dying the way he does in a later chapter was not in God's plan. Samson was a child of promise with great strength and promise for the people. Because he chose a destructive path of physical passion, God used him to slaughter and bring down the Philistines.

PRAYER: Lord, look on my heart today and if I am on the wrong track and purpose that is not what you want in my life, stop me and help me to change. Bring to my heart and mind the very best of godly thoughts. Keep me in your perfect will. If there are things or people in my life that are not going to fulfil my purpose according to your perfect will, show me and help me clear out any clutter. Amen

My friends, be encouraged that it is never to late to change your attitude, desires, and walk with God as long as there is breath in your lungs and a desire in your heart. Take this time to reflect on your walk in life, determine the future of where it will take you if you continue as you are this minute.

Shalom and greater journey,
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