Devotional 7/13

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. Judges 14:4

God is behind the scenes even when we think it’s our doing.

Sampson had a thing for the worldly, ungodly or for lack of a better word, wrong girls. The Israelites were to marry their own kind (do not be unequally yoked with unbelievers). Sampson was separated from birth to be a servant of the Most High God and was also a Hebrew, so his wife options were obvious: Israelite women!

Sampson had a thing for different women, and God was aware of it. God was actually working behind the scenes, using his desires for a victorious plan for Israel. Funny thing is, as the scriptures say, Sampson’s parents did not think it was of God for him to desire to marry a Philistine woman. But God was at work, even in this strange circumstance.

Have you ever gone through something, and thought this cannot be of God, what exactly is going on here? Although God will not go against His own word, I’d like to challenge you to reconsider the mysterious hand of God. The Lord know the specificities of our hearts and the extent of our free will. He is sovereign and created us after all.

God has plans, so He also implements methods and strategies to accomplish His will. God’s providence allows us to use our freedom for our own enjoyment and other times for His own purposes, but usually for both. Matthew Henry said: it seems that it pleased God to leave Samson to follow his own inclinations, intending to bring out good from his conduct. Although marriage can not be compared to coloring our hair, shopping, changing new jobs or travel to countries of our choice… who’s to say it is not pleasing to God that we are inclined to do certain things? What if God who gives us the desires to do as He wills for His pleasure, places such inclinations in our hearts after all?

You see God is working behind the scenes of each crazy situation you or your loved one may be in, and the outcome is possibly not as you can imagine. The word says no ear has heard, no eye has seen, the great things God in store for those who love Him. May we rest in knowing the God who uses our inclinations to work behind the scenes.

Let’s pray:

Lord God, thank you for this word. It is peculiar, and mysterious yet infallible as are your ways. May we rest in your sovereignty and providence. May we be led in wisdom at all times, not forsaking discernment or understanding at any moment. I pray for peace, and emotional strength for ourselves and those around us who wonder what is going on, when it truly you working your plans. I praise you because we are fearfully and wonderfully made, and you know us better than we know ourselves. Thank you Lord. In Jesus name I pray, Amen.


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