E100: 029 | My Gift, My Plan?

"Samson’s story is like a boys own adventure, it’s easy to imagine a blockbuster movie script here. Today Judges chapter 13 to chapter 16 verse 31 we see that Samson is one of those talented yet flawed leaders. Despite his lack of self control, anger, violence, and just plain strange ways, finally in his brokenness he turned back to God." (New Zealand's Rhema Radio)

Read Judges 13:1-16:31 | (ESV)

Again the Israelites did evil in the eyes of the LORD, so the LORD delivered them into the hands of the Philistines for forty years. (Judges 13:1)
Again ... The vicious circle continues ...
A certain man of Zorah, named Manoah, from the clan of the Danites, had a wife who was childless, unable to give birth. The angel of the LORD appeared to her and said, "You are barren and childless, but you are going to become pregnant and give birth to a son. Now see to it that you drink no wine or other fermented drink and that you do not eat anything unclean. You will become pregnant and have a son whose head is never to be touched by a razor because the boy is to be a Nazirite, dedicated to God from the womb. He will begin to deliver Israel from the hands of the Philistines. (Judges 13:2-5)"
... Samson went down to Timnah and saw there a young Philistine woman. (Judges 14:1)
... Samson said to his father, "Get her for me. She's the right one for me." (His parents did not know that this was from the LORD, who was seeking an occasion to confront the Philistines; for at that time they were ruling over Israel.) (Judges 14:3-4)
Samson & DelilahDespite the tremendous physical strength God blessed Samson with for the purpose of delivering Israel from the Philistines Samson blows it and doesn't really use his gift to benefit his people. He instead goes his own way satisfying his own interests. Even though Samson didn't live up to his potential God achieves his ultimate purpose in weakening the Philistines so they can be defeated latter under the leadership of Samuel and his people freed from the slavery of the Philistines.

The question that I leave with is "Am I using the gifts God has given me to further His will?" Am I, really, am I? Or am I using them to further my plan, my will, my pleasure, my interests? A question we all should ask ourselves.

I am working through the E100 Bible Reading Challenge again. You can learn more about my journey and read the other posts completed so far at this link. I encourage you to stop back soon to read another passage.

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