PLEASE READ THIS FIRST: Judges 13-14
What do you sense the Lord saying to you in this passage?
“His parents did not know that this was from the Lord…” (Judges 14:4)
I do not believe that God makes everything happen, apart from human freedom.
We are not robots; Samson did not like this woman because God forced him to.
We were made with free choice, to work with God as His willing partners.
Sadly, humans have become unwilling partners, and slaves to our sinful desires.
God knows how we think and act, and He works with our ways for His ways.
We work for selfish reasons, like Samson, to get what we want.
God works for kingdom reasons, for Himself, people and all creation.
He ‘gives us over’ to our desires (Romans 1:24) but uses the outcome for greater good.
In this way, what happens in the world is “from the Lord”, or part of His plan.
The same with Joseph, and the same with Jesus (Genesis 50:20, Acts 2:13-15).
And the same with us; God does not cause human folly or misery, but He does use it.
This makes me think about my struggles; how are they “from the Lord”?
What is the Lord up to, how is He working through our sinful mess?
Is He setting me up for something better, and will I work with God for greater good?
Lord, letting my struggles discourage and defeat me only makes things worse. Help me to step into this struggle with You, and somehow bring something better out of it!