The Daily Fountain Daily Devotional of the Church Of Nigeria (Anglican Communion) 2 June 2020 – Guard Your Consecration
TOPIC: Guard Your Consecration
READ: Judges 14:1-11 (NKJV)
- Now Samson went down to Timnah, and saw a woman in Timnah of the daughters of the Philistines.
- So he went up and told his father and mother, saying, “I have seen a woman in Timnah of the daughters of the Philistines; now therefore, get her for me as a wife.”
- Then his father and mother said to him, “[Is there] no woman among the daughters of your brethren, or among all my people, that you must go and get a wife from the uncircumcised Philistines?” And Samson said to his father, “Get her for me, for she pleases me well.”
- But his father and mother did not know that it was of the LORD — that He was seeking an occasion to move against the Philistines. For at that time the Philistines had dominion over Israel.
- So Samson went down to Timnah with his father and mother, and came to the vineyards of Timnah. Now [to his] surprise, a young lion [came] roaring against him.
- And the Spirit of the LORD came mightily upon him, and he tore the lion apart as one would have torn apart a young goat, though [he had] nothing in his hand. But he did not tell his father or his mother what he had done.
- Then he went down and talked with the woman; and she pleased Samson well.
- After some time, when he returned to get her, he turned aside to see the carcass of the lion. And behold, a swarm of bees and honey [were] in the carcass of the lion.
- He took some of it in his hands and went along, eating. When he came to his father and mother, he gave
- So his father went down to the woman. And Samson gave a feast there, for young men used to do so.
- And it happened, when they saw him, that they brought thirty companions to be with him.
Here, we see the steps taken by Samson towardshis marriage. He saw a Philistine woman in Timnath and the major reason he sought to marry her was her appearance. Samson was not just an Israelite, he was a Nazarite – a consecrated one (Judges 13:5; Numbers 6:1-4). It is a strict law of the Old Testament that an Israelite shall not marry a non-Israelite (Deuteronomy 7:1-3).
So, for an Israelite Nazarite, the standard of consecration and expected holy living is very high; and Samson being such a one, whom he was in God(an Israelite Nazarite), ought to be the primary drive in all his actions – including marriage. However, due to Samson’s determinate lust, God permitted the marriage and used it to destroy some of the Philistines (Judges 14:4).
When we consecrate ourselves to live for God, we
PRAYER: LORD, help me to guard my life and my consecration.