Samson most certainly has a weakness, which shows to be his biggest problem. His weakness? Philistine women. In this chapter, we see his first recorded showing of this weakness. While he was in Timnah, Samson came across a Philistine woman. I’m sure she was very attractive, because he told his father, “Get her for me! She looks good to me.” (14:3, NLT). His parents tried to talk him out of it, but he wouldn’t have it. So Samson’s parents went to Timnah to get the woman to be their son’s wife. While traveling, Samson was attacked by a lion, which he defeated with his bare hands. He kept it a secret from everyone. During another trip to Timnah, for his wedding, Samson came across the lion’s dead body. He went to investigate and discovered that bees were now living inside it and had produced honey. He grabbed some and ate it on the way to Timnah. Samson made a wager with his groomsmen that they couldn’t figure out his riddle before the celebration was over. Then men spent days trying to figure it out. When they couldn’t, they went to Samson’s wife to have her make him tell them the answer. She persisted for days to try to get the answer from him. On the final day of the celebration, he told her the answer for the riddle. She told the men, and they came back to Samson with the correct answer. Samson then lost everything, including his wife.
Have you ever wanted something so bad you would do anything to get it? We pray and we pray for God to give us this thing we want so badly, and we get upset when God says “No”. The truth is that God doesn’t say “no” just because. Jesus said, “You fathers — if your children ask for a fish, do you give them a snake instead? Or if they ask for an egg, do you give them a scorpion? Of course not! So if you sinful people know how to give good gifts to your children how much more will your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him.” (Luke 11:11-13, NLT). God wants to give us good gifts, not the ones that punish us. When we fight against Him, and take what we want anyway, the thing we want usually comes back to give us problems. Just like Samson. The woman he wanted, no matter what, ended up being his downfall.
Are you fighting God for what you want? I know I do it, and I might even be doing it now. The truth is that God doesn’t want to give us gifts that will destroy us. He wants to shower blessings on His people. We must be content with what God has given us, and if He says “no”, there is probably a good reason for this. So trust God. He knows what is best.
Also in this series
- Just a Bit of History (Judges 1)
- The Testing of Israel (Judges 2)
- We Need God to Succeed (Judges 3)
- Make Your Enemy Flee (Judges 4)
- Being Thankful (Judges 5)
- Staring Down the Mob (Judges 6)
- We Don’t Need More (Judges 7)
- Are You Obeying (Judges 8)
- Are You Ambitions? (Judges 9)
- Remaining Faithful (Judges 10)
- It Takes Sacrifice (Judges 11)
- Need Some Help (Judges 12)
- God’s Plan (Judges 13)
Psalms to Pray: Psalm 69-72