by Dr. Dan Sharp, Minister of Worship
Have you ever been puzzled by the way God works? I was reading about Samson this morning and was again reminded that God’s ways are not our ways.
Samson wanted to marry a Philistine women rather than an Israelite. His parents encouraged him to marry one of his own people, since the Philistines were so pagan. Samson refused and told his parents “get her for me.” Then, there is this very interesting verse. “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.”
I’m thinking, “of course Samson should marry an Israelite.” (God even made that clear when the Israelites crossed the Jordon into Canaan that His Chosen People were not to intermarry with the pagans.) We need to remember that God is always working on the bigger picture and sometimes that brings us surprises in the way God works in our world.
As it turned out, Samson led Israel for twenty years and caused the Philistines great grief. Even though his life ended tragically and he made some foolish decisions, he is listed in the “Faith hall of fame” in Hebrews 11.
The bottom line? Trust God’s ways even when they don’t make sense to you.