“And the children of Israel did evil again in the sight of the LORD ; and the LORD delivered them into the hand of the Philistines forty years. And there was a certain man of Zorah, of the family of the Danites, whose name was Manoah; and his wife was barren, and bare not. And the angel of the LORD appeared unto the woman, and said unto her, Behold now, thou art barren, and bearest not: but thou shalt conceive, and bear a son. Now therefore beware, I pray thee, and drink not wine nor strong drink, and eat not any unclean thing: for, lo, thou shalt conceive, and bear a son; and no razor shall come on his head: for the child shall be a Nazarite unto God from the womb: and he shall begin to deliver Israel out of the hand of the Philistines.”
Judges 13:1-5 KJV
I recently watched the movie Sampson on PureFlix. As the movie played God showed me the story of Sampson in a different way. I hope to share with you what God shared with me.
Sampson was called for a special purpose and he (Sampson) knew it but he battled with this. Yes the movie added to the story but not in a way that distorts the truth. Often we struggle with the calling God assigned over our life. We don't see ourselves the way God sees us, so we push away and try to live a “normal” life but we are not called to be normal.
“But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light: which in time past were not a people, but are now the people of God: which had not obtained mercy, but now have obtained mercy.” 1 Peter 2:9-10 KJV.
Answering this call is not an easy thing to do, just like Sampson, the desires of this world call to our flesh and it is at war with the spirit of God in us. When Sampson was inline with what God wanted from him, he was unstoppable. Sampson was no “meat head”; he had wisdom and knew that his ridiculous strength came from God and knew that he had to live a certain way. However he surrendered to his weaknesses instead of surrendering to God completely. Imagine how much more of an impact he could have made if he was not fooled by Delilah.
We face the same challenge. We all have a weak spot that can derail us from the path God called us to, but if we surrender our weaknesses to God, we will be given the strength to overcome them. There is more I want to share but it is for the next Morning coffee devotion.
Much Love & God Bless
(For more understanding please read out of your own bible)