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  • William T. Howe Ph.D.

March 23, 2021

Daily Reading: Judges 13-15


Judges 13:24

And the woman bare a son, and called his name Samson: and the child grew, and the LORD blessed him.


The story of Samson has thrilled Bible readers for generations. Even today his story is legendary. In it there is faithfulness, betrayal, battles, love, cunning, and stupidity. It's a wonderful read, one that every child of God should consider carefully. Why? Because of the truth of Romans 15:4. For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope. His story, as every story, is included in the pages of God's Holy Word for our learning, patience, comfort, and hope. For example, within the story of Samson's life there is a golden nugget that every parent must come to understand.


The angel of God appeared to a man named Manoah and his wife. This great messenger told these parents that they were going to have a son and told them how to raise him. As far as we know from Scripture, this loving mom and dad did everything the angel told them to do. They raised their boy right. Yet, his life did not turn out as they hoped. Parent, have you been there? Probably every parent to one degree or another has, right! So what can we learn as parents that will give us patience, comfort, and hope with the concerns we have for our children?


Consider one obscure verse in the story of Samson. A verse that gives the reader an insight that Manoah and his wife did not have. A teaching that eluded them but yet God has included for us. A statement that could have given them patience, comfort, and hope; yet they did not have it. But we do! What is this golden nugget included for every parent who will ever read this story? This is it...


Before sharing it, consider the setting. Manoah and his wife did all that the angel told them to do in raising their son. Yet, as a young man he desired a woman of whom they did not approve. The statement that gives the reader insight is given early in his story to the reader, but not to his parents. It is a statement that, I believe, needs to be remembered whenever his choices are questioned. It is a statement of national, eternal, and personal consequences. Frankly, it is a statement that while giving a level of understanding to the life of Samson, it does not fully explain all. In fact it is a statement that raises more questions than it answers. But it is one that must be believed by faith and faith alone. What is it?


It is 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.


All in all, God had a purpose for the wife Samson chose as well as the rest of his story. How do we know? Primarily because this man Samson, flawed as he was, is included in God's Hall of Fame as found in Hebrews 11:32. And what shall I more say? for the time would fail me to tell of Gedeon, and of Barak, and of Samson, and of Jephthae; of David also, and Samuel, and of the prophets: Yes, while in life Manoah and Samson's mother were grieved over his decisions and untimely death, Samson is one of God's champions. They know this today, no doubt.


For every parent that is concerned about the decisions their children make know this; God may have a plan that you do not know, nor can you understand. All you can do is that which Manoah and his wife did, raise your children right, and trust God for the rest. Amen!


Until tomorrow, live for Christ today.

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