“When her son was born, she named him Samson. And the Lord blessed him as he grew up. And the Spirit of the Lord began to stir him…”.”
At the time of Samson’s birth, the nation of Israel were in persecution from the Philistines due to their rebellion against God. Yet through the birth of Samson, things looked like they might change.
Samson grew up in what was probably one of the few God-fearing households in Israel. His parents had received a divine message from the Angel of the Lord and they were making sure to obey His instructions for the birth and life of their son.
However one day, his parents worst nightmare came true. After visiting the Philistine city of Timnah, he came across a young Philistine woman, whom he fell in love with and wanted to marry. He approached his parents in what seems as an act of arrogance and defiance, showing the opposite God-fearing attitude his parents had, “A young Philistine woman in Timnah caught my eye. I want to marry her. Get her for me.” Of course his parents objected to this as they didn’t want Samson to marry outside of their tribe and more importantly didn’t want him to marry a pagan woman. Yet in a reply of sheer pride and arrogance, Samson showed no respect for God or his parents, “Get her for me! She looks good to me.”
How often in our own lives, even though we are surrounded by Godly people, Godly attitudes and even have experienced God for ourselves, do we disobey Him by the temptations of our eyes and the weaknesses of our desires. Samson’s parents most assuredly did their best to raise Samson with a fear and reverence of God, yet it seemed to no avail. However, even in Samson’s rebellion and even in ours, God always has a plan to glorify Himself, “His mother and father didn’t realise the Lord was at work in this…”
God never stops being faithful, even in our deepest rebellion. He is always ready to welcome us back and in the midst of our sin, He’s making a way out.