THE LORD WORKS IN MYSTERIOUS WAYS

DAILY WORD

10/31/22

4. His father and mother didn’t realize the LORD was at work in this, creating an opportunity to work against the Philistines, who ruled over Israel at that time.

Judges 14:4 NLT

Today’s Passage is one I’ve separated to make a specific point before we continue on with the Story of Sampson. In this one Verse, we get to see the entire strategy of God in the life of His Judge and the many lives He uses for His Glory, but I’m getting ahead of myself here. Let me back up just a bit and frame the importance of this Verse, and the Spiritual Dynamic God is displaying.

Before I get to that, let’s review the building situation. Manoah and his wife are visited by an angel and told they would conceive a son who will be Called as a Judge of Israel. This is Miraculous because the woman had been unable to bear children up to that point.

They are told that the child is to be a Nazarite from his birth and that his mother was to adhere to the Nazarite vow until his birth. We know nothing of what happened after his birth until Sampson is ready to marry, but we can assume that he was a difficult child to raise because of his first recorded decision as an “adult.”

Sampson’s first documented act as Israelite Judge was to request a wife from the very nation that was subjugating them in the first place. That would be akin to heading to war and marrying the first enemy combatant you meet! Not a great start as the protector of God’s people if you ask me.

In fact, Sampson’s parents immediately protest his choice, but Sampson is headstrong and insists on his parents getting him the Philistine woman to wed. This act would have shocked everyone who was aware of it, and I’m sure, even given the slow spread of information back then, the report would have spread fast.

However, even despite the obvious conflict of interest and self-serving nature of Sampson’s desire, The Lord was still Using his self-absorption for His Purposes, which brings us to Today’s Lesson. If God decides to Use you, it doesn’t really matter if you’re Righteous or not.

You don’t even have to be a Christian for God to Use you for His Purposes. How many Blessings has God Delivered through the most unexpected of means? Sometimes, we don’t see it coming or even realize our Blessings have been delivered because we can’t fathom their delivery method.

If God only Utilized Righteous individuals to do His Work, not only would there be little getting done due to the lack of Believers these days but imagine the workload! If we were His only vessels, we’d never have the time to get anything else done. We’d always be going about God’s Work.

No. God Uses the closest to the task, and often the individual doesn’t even know they’re His Hands! If He’s the One Qualifying the individual, they don’t need to do a thing but what He put in their spirits. He licensed them, making them suitable for the task, regardless of their sin, belief, or desire to help.

None of that matters. During this story, you will never hear Sampson say to God, “I want this Job!” Given his actions, I’m not sure he did want the job. But as we proceed, you’ll see him accomplish His Will whether he intends to or not. God can and will Use whoever is in the most convenient spot to act, and it doesn’t matter if they’re His kids or not!

God Used Sampson’s selfish lusts and lascivious desires to His Advantage. He Used Sampson’s sin of lust as a catalyst for His Judgment against His enemies, and He can Bless you through whatever means He pleases. When you pray for a Blessing, be ready to receive it however it comes. It may not be delivered the way you think. Be ready for anything because God truly works in mysterious ways!

Have a Marvelous Monday And Remember, Never Look God’s “Gift Horse” In The Mouth, Because The Gift May Not Be Scheduled To Be Delivered Via Equine Administration At All!

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Chris Reid

A lifelong poet and lyricist, and aspiring novelist, who’s taken to heart the old adage, “Only what you do for Christ shall last.”