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Bad Choice!

Judges 14:1-3

Verse 3 His father and mother replied, “Isn’t there an acceptable woman among your relatives or among all our people? Must you go to the uncircumcised Philistines to get a wife?” But Samson said to his father, “Get her for me. She’s the right one for me.”

Yesterday we talked about how God used Esther’s faithfulness to make the wise choices to save His people. But we don’t always make the right choice, like we will see today.

Samson was a special man born at a specific time for a specific purpose. His parents had been childless and so this child would have been special to them no matter who he was but they were told that he was to be special and set apart for the Lord. Unfortunately Samson didn’t grow up to join in the vow that his parents made with the Lord regarding him. His parents may have done the best they could to raise him to love the Lord but Samson had a choice to make.

Just as all of us who are raised in a godly home have to come to a point of making our own decisions about our faith, Samson came to the day when he had to make the choice to follow God or follow his own desires. This was a defining moment in his life and he failed.

God had told His people for generations that they shouldn’t intermarry with the people that are not His, yet here is this man who has been told all his life that he has been set apart as a special man of God, totally ignoring God’s commands. His mother had to refrain from eating or drinking grapes in any form until he was weaned and his hair was never to be cut. And here we see him looking to make the first major decision of his life and making a huge mistake. His desire to marry this woman is showing that although he is dedicated to the Lord, he doesn’t care about what God has said.

Samson’s decision was about him and his desires. Even though he has been called to live in a way to lead God’s people, he chooses to look to a woman instead of God and she leads him further away from his purpose. He chooses the flesh over the Spirit. Yet who are we to judge him. Haven’t we all done this at one time or another?

Making It Personal

Have you ever made a choice that led you away from God instead of closer to Him? How long did it take you to realize your choice was a bad one? What can you do to make wise choices in the future?

Making It Personal Kids

Do you always obey your mom and dad when they tell you to do something? Have you ever made a bad choice? What was the results of that bad decision?

Closing Prayer

Father, thank You for giving us direction. We confess the times that we have made choices that have gone against You. Guide us closer to You. In Jesus’ name, amen.

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