Then the woman gave birth to a son and named him Samson; and the child grew up and the Lord blessed him. And the Spirit of the Lord began to stir him in Mahaneh-dan, between Zorah and Eshtaol.
Then Samson went down to Timnah and saw a woman in Timnah, one of the daughters of the Philistines.
So he came back and told his father and mother, “I saw a woman in Timnah, one of the daughters of the Philistines; now therefore, get her for me as a wife.” Then his father and his mother said to him, “Is there no woman among the daughters of your relatives, or among all our people, that you go to take a wife from the uncircumcised Philistines?” But Samson said to his father, “Get her for me, for she looks good to me.”
However, his father and mother did not know that it was of the Lord, for He was seeking an occasion against the Philistines. Now at that time the Philistines were ruling over Israel. Judges 8:24-9:5
Samson seemed impetuous, immature, and weak when it came to women. God used Samson in spite of his shortcomings for His glory and to ‘begin the deliverance of Israel’. He insists on taking a wife from Israel’s enemies based on looks alone. This girl’s heart was not for Samson. She would betray him and later leave him for another. This would be a pattern for Samson. How much better life could have been for him if he was more discerning and less compromising in this area of life.
What are my weaknesses? In what area of life am I most likely to compromise the calling of God and the holiness He desires?
God, what a stunning reminder that You have plans so important they include the salvation of people You love. I am committing my strengths and weaknesses to You. Would you give me grace and wisdom for the areas I lack and humility where I shine. Looking forward to a wonderful day led by You.