Think of all the times in our lives when we were very judgmental of a person or a situation where we felt someone was making a wrong decision or the situation dictated a different direction. And think about the fact we may have been right, but God had a different outlook.
There is no telling us sometimes that we are to stay out of the way, our opinion is not necessary, but yet we must remember, God is God and we are not!
In the story of Samson and Delilah there is a segment that describes how they first met and how Samson made what looked like a pretty dumb dysfunctional decision. Here is the text from Judges 14........
Samson went down to Timnah and saw there a young Philistine woman. When he returned, he said to his father and mother, "I have seen a Philistine woman in Timnah; now get her for me as my wife." His father and mother replied, "Isn't there an acceptable woman among the relatives or among all our people? Must you go to the uncircumsized Philistine to get a wife?"
Now for a moment remember the last time this was you, you were the one questioning the decision. Did we run it by God before we responded or did we just react? I am not saying every decision is led by God, but I am saying that we should give Godly people the benefit of the doubt before we jump right in with our two cents. Maybe, as we read more in Judges there was another plan in the works that we did not understand.
But Samson said to his father, "Get her for me, she's the right one for me." 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.
I am not sure if that last verse hit you like the ton of bricks that hit me, but it has sure made me think and make the commitment to pray and relax before I judge people who I know have a good heart and a heart for the Lord. May same seem very weird to me, but it would surely turn out very normal for a God who knows the outcome.
Turns out of course Samson made some bad choices but they led to God's outcome. You just never know!
But He does.....
Glenn is an ex-Marine Viet Nam vet who is also a recovering alcoholic, clean and sober for 30 years. He has been involved in start up and ongoing recovery ministry at North Atlanta Church and Campus for the last two decades. He has a passion for outreach and to spread the message that the answer to lasting and fulfilling recovery from addiction is in a relationship with Jesus Christ. He and the ATB team are available to assist in your questions or needs on an individual basis and will do so maintaining complete confidentiality. You may e-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org.