From the Lord

(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.)  Judges 14:4.

Sounds kinda’ weird that God would use such a method to confront the enemy of His people.  Yet that’s what it says.  Samson’s relationship with his first wife from the Philistines was God seeking an occasion to confront the Philistines.

We could over think this, reasoning God uses every single instance in our lives to work something else out, but I don’t believe it works that way.  God isn’t about getting us that parking space or Wii, or even our next car unless those things directly work to show His power.  The problem with thinking that we can pray and all our wishes will come true is because it makes prayer about us instead of about God’s will in us.

A skeptic I knew in South Africa gave me the prime example for his cynicism:  Two farmers side by side raise completely different crops.  One needs plenty of tropical rain, the other needs more sunshine and occasional rain; they both pray to God for their needs.  So which one does God answer?

Another analogy:  Two governments are basically God fearing but pray for dominance in a specific port in order that their markets can thrive and their people escape poverty.  Who does God listen to and why?

What if God is answering someone else’s prayer for that parking space because they actually need it more than you do?  Knowing that, would you step aside and let them have it as good Christian should?  Or would you name it, claim it and take it?

We see through a dark glass, many times with little bubbles and warps where we just happen to be gazing through, and think somehow we grasp what’s on the other side.  Try an experiment sometime:  Grab a smokey glass like Paul spoke of and describe what you see through it, then take it away and check your accuracy.

The people who know God, follow His will for His good and His outcome.  Our desires change when we are delighted to belong to Him, and so do our prayers.

Samson sinned according to the law of Moses by merely seeking a heathen wife.  But it goes even a step further than that, Samson’s conditions of strength and his job judging Israel hinged on his Nazarite vows–of which shaving his head was but one contingent.  If you read the rest of the story, you’ll see he was never to touch wine, pig flesh or a dead carcass, of which the first and last two items the story claims he did.  The dead lion with honey in it was forbidden to him, it broke his vows of purity.

So then why was God using Samson’s sin as a means?  Does this suggest God promotes sin in His people in order to get the job done by any means possible?

Well, if we listen to some theologians, that’s what they strongly suggest.  I don’t buy it.

A good chess player uses his/her opponents mistakes against them.  God in this case used Samson’s lust and the Philistines betrayal to bring about war.  God wanted Samson to be faithful to his vows and upright in his choices, but took what He could get through a broken and leaky vessel.

God works all things to the good of those who love Him and are called according to His purpose, because if He didn’t, nothing would ever get accomplished.  We are just too fallible for Him to use our “righteousness” as a trump card.  In fact, if we look at the heroes of the Bible, very few stand out as model followers of God yet He used them anyway.

To me it just points to His great mercy, grace and the Master Tactician not relying on inconsistent believers without a clue most of the time.  Our own self-perceptions are usually based on false assumptions anyway.  Either we react against our lack of self-worth by becoming proud of our meager accomplishments or grow despondent and discouraged.  God works through us anyway.

How do I know?

Hindsight is 20/20.  My past is riddled with sad mistakes and outright rebellious acts.  Watching other people’s lives I see the same God working to bless them and yet notice how faithless and ungrateful they remain.  I could get critical of their lack of gratitude or use it as a means to springboard my own faith into grateful submission to God for His many blessings.

I am not the center of God’s universe or will, He is, and neither are you.  This doesn’t make us worth less, but more, for it demonstrates His love even clearer because though we are not all that important, He went out of His way to save us, which should reveal something about God, if nothing else.  His love is unconditional and absolute despite human failure or importance.

So God takes the best or worst of man and uses it to accomplish great things.  Man’s methods use great deeds and heroic efforts to show power; God instead takes those things which seemingly lack power or ability of any kind and brings about great victories.

Food for thought, wouldn’t you say?

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3 Responses to “From the Lord”

  1. tlc4women Says:

    Which brings me to thoughts that I will form into a blog soon. What is good and evil may be subjective in the eyes of the beholder but this all won’t make sense until I sort it out in my mind. Thanks for new revelation.

  2. Angella Martin Says:

    My name is Angela Martin and I have written a story about a man that had everything in life. And in an instant everything was taken away from him. All his wealth, his children and his family and friends turn their back on him. He became depress and wanted to die. But before he dies he demanded that GOD would answer his question, why does bad things happen to good people and why does GOD allows it to happen?

    The reason why, I have written this script is because, there is a lot of people, who are suffering in one way or another, and cannot phantom that there is a good GOD, and if GOD is good then why, has he allows so much suffering to continue? And I would like them to know that GOD has not over looked them, even though at times it would seem that way.

    Thank you for reading my letter. If you would like to contact me, you may reach me at my e-mail at Tamaracmar@peoplepc.com or call me at *number erased for her safety*. And I hope that you have a great day.

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