When the Son of God shines on you my friend, you cannot help but reflect the light and provide some sunshine into the lives of others. Today, we are reading Judges 14. We read that Samson’s basis for choosing a wife differs from that of his parents. Samson’s parents had followed instructions from God but Samson ignored advice in choosing a wife. He desired a Philistine woman who was not approved by his parents or by God.
He made a bet with his wife’s people that they could not get the answer to the riddle stated in verse 14.
Out of the eater, something to eat;
Out of the strong, something sweet.
The winner of the bet would receive clothes and linen but they could not figure out the answer to the riddle so they asked Samson’s wife to coax him into giving her the answer. Samson gave in to his wife and told her the answer to the riddle. She then told her people as stated in verse 18.
What is sweeter than honey?
What is stronger than a lion?
Samson felt betrayed and was filled with anger. The Spirit of the Lord then came powerfully upon Samson and he struck down thirty men, stripped them of everything, and gave their clothes as payment to those who had explained the riddle.
We face times when people pressure us or coax us into saying things or doing things that harm us. We then are filled with anger but it is during these times that we can go to God in prayer. Our prayer will restore our faith and we can still have optimism because of God’s plan for us. Hold on to the promises of God my friends and incredible blessings that are sweeter than honey will be in our future!
This day with You Lord, we know that each day will get better and better. There is eternity to look forward but right now there is available to us an amazing power that sets us free. We are favored in Your eyes and this thought changes our day because if we face confusion or frustration today, You will step in to provide the sweet eternal victory.