But his father and his mother knew not that it was of the Lord, that he sought an occasion against the Philistines: for at that time the Philistines had dominion over Israel.
Judges 14:4 (KJV)
In Judges 14 we see Samson walking in what we call love at first sight. He saw this daughter of a philistine and he instantly wanted to marry her. He literally was controlled by what he saw, and what he felt he wanted. On the surface, demanding a philistine wife was showing an outright disregard for his parents and invariably for God’s will as seen in Deut 7:3. But bound by romantic feelings so to say, he insisted on his choice.
But in our text today, we see that the strategy of God is bigger and larger than the mistake of Samson. Our text says God was looking for an occasion to destroy the philistines, because they have had a prior dominion over the Israelites. Darkness is God’s raw material in bringing out light out of dark circumstances. The situation does not have to be right for God to bring out good out of it.
God is highly strategic and intentional, when others thought Samson was lost, our text today says they didn’t know that God was seeking for an occasion to work against the philistines. Child of God don’t allow your mistake keep you bound, no matter how bad a mistake is, God can bring good out of it. He can always bring greater good out of seeming bad. God is in the business of making all things work together for good to those that love HIM and are the called according to His purpose.
My declaration and confession: Lord today I declare that it’s not in my power to direct my paths. Let my thoughts, emotions and actions bring you glory.
Ignite Thought: The intentional God has a bigger purpose behind every problem.