by Eric Dunbar
We all have something in our lives that we are unhappy about, and a few things that we might even be ashamed of. Somehow, we think that because we give our lives to Christ that everything is supposed to go our way. But it doesn’t always go that way. So whatever you are going through, you might want to smile and hold your head up, because it just might be that God planned it that way.
The story of Samson is one of the most remarkable and memorable stories in the Bible. Samson was known for his superhuman strength and his love affair with Delilah, the woman who betrayed him. Samson was a very defiant man who possessed superhuman strength. Samson wanted everything to go his way and when things didn’t go his way Samson was not afraid to let it be known.
In the fourteenth chapter of Judges, it is recorded that Samson went down to Timnah, where he saw a Philistine woman that he just had to have. For Samson, it was love at first sight. So he told his father and mother to get the woman for him so he could marry her.
It was forbidden for an Israelite to marry a foreigner. So quite naturally Samson’s parents did not approve of him wanting to marry a Philistine woman. But Samson insisted that his parents get this particular woman to be his bride. As I read the story of Samson, this verse really got my attention:
God was looking for an opportunity to move against the enemy of His people. God is the same, yesterday, today and forever, and He is still looking for an opportunity to move against the enemy of His people.
Samson, driven by his eyeballs and his hormones, fell in love with something that God did not want him to have. Like Samson, we fall in love with things that God does not want us to have too, like alcohol and drugs. But could it be that God is at the center of the very things that we try to resist.
God Uses Our Shortcomings to Comfort Others
Does God cause people to become drug addicts and alcoholics? Never! “Let no one say when he is tempted, ‘I am tempted by God’; for God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does He Himself tempt anyone. But each one is tempted when he is drawn away by his own desires and enticed” (James 1:13-14). However, if we choose to do drugs or alcohol God can use our addictions to make the way of escape for us (1 Corinthians 10:13), and then use our testimony of deliverance to tear down strongholds in the lives of others (2 Corinthians 1:3-5).
God is in control even when we think we are. So be encouraged to know that if you love God, it doesn’t matter what you are going through, it will work out for your good.
While Samson was rebellious and wanted everything to go his way, he did not know that God planned it that way, and he was doing exactly what God wanted him to do. At the end of Samson’s life, all of the rebellious and foolish things that Samson had done worked out for his good, all because God planned it that way. You see, God was seeking an opportunity to move against the Philistine god, Dagon, and Samson was the vessel that God would use to destroy Dagon.
So it happened that when the temple in which the Philistines worshiped their god Dagon was full with men and women worshipers, and the leaders of the Philistines, they called for Samson to perform for them. Their plan was to humiliate Samson.
“Then Samson called to the Lord, saying, ‘O Lord God, remember me, I pray! Strengthen me, I pray just this once, O God, that I may with one blow take vengeance on the Philistines for my two eyes!’” (Judges 16:28)
God honored Samson’s request and returned his strength, and Samson pushed on the main support columns of the temple and it fell on all the Philistines who were in it. So the dead that Samson killed at his death were more than he had killed in his life.
If there is something in your life that you are unhappy with, don’t be too anxious to do away with it, because it just might be that God planned it that way. After all we exist to serve God’s purpose (Romans 9:20-21) and not our own. You see God uses the weak things of the world to put to shame the strong (1 Corinthians 1:27).
Although Samson was strong, yet he was weak for the things of this world. He allowed his weakness for a woman to lead him down a path that would have destroyed him altogether, except that he was chosen by God from birth to destroy the Philistines and their god Dagon. Though Samson was weak, God made him strong in order that he would complete his purpose.
Perhaps God has chosen you to do a great work for Him but you have allowed your love for something other than God to lead you down the wrong path. Even though your life looks dim, don’t give up. Pray that God would strengthen you, and watch Him work a miracle in your life.