May 02

“Putting” God First? Really?

Pillar of National Museum Athens“Putting” God First? Really?

May 2, 2012 Bible Reading

Judges 15:1-16:31
John 2:1-25
Psalms 103:1-22
Proverbs 14:17-19

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Many times I hear other people say, “I’m trying to put God first in my life.” Being honest with you, I’ve said it myself. The phrase popped in my head as I read through the end of Samson’s story today and it haunted me.

God is not something we can “put” first in our lives. He IS first in our lives. We tend to “put” other things ahead of God in our lives and that sin of idolatry is more prevalent in today’s world than it was in the days of wooden, metal, and stone calves.

Samson allowed vengeance to take precedence in his life when the Philistines burned his wife and father-in-law. God did end up using the situation for His purpose. Remember, God had set Samson apart from birth and at an early age God put it on Samson to marry a Philistine woman. God did that because He was going to remove the Philistines and their evil ways from the land.

God came on Samson in power and gave Samson the strength to kill 1000 Philistines with the jawbone of a donkey. Seriously? I play golf from time to time. If you play well you only swing 60 to 70 times not counting putting. If you play like me you swing a lot more, but no where near 1000 swings! I can hardly move after a round of golf. 1000 swings hard enough to take the life out of someone? Seriously? Think about that.

Afterwards, Samson honored God with the victory and God granted him water for his thirst. Later, Samson begins to repeat the cycle, but breaks it this time. The cycle was: act foolish without honoring God first, suffer consequences, get angry and allow vengeance to take over, act on it, find more trouble, ask God to rescue you, get rescued, act foolish without honoring God, and so on…

This time the Philistines had gouged out Samson’s eyes for his what he had done to them. This time before acting on his own with the talent, strength, and purpose that God afforded Samson, he asks God to take over in the situation. When Samson allows God His rightful place in our lives, Samson’s victory became God’s victory and the Bible says it was greater than any victory Samson had prior to that. It ultimately cost Samson his life, but this portion of the story shows that Samson got it!

Samson got the fact that we don’t “Put God first in our lives”, we “Realize God is first and honor Him”. Samson got it so much that he believed it with his life.

Think About This Today

A quick-tempered person does foolish things,
and the one who devises evil schemes is hated. (Proverbs 14:17 NIV)

Samson acted out of being quick tempered and it caused him to do foolish things. God is the author of vengeance and He will have it. When we take that from God, we are putting our own feelings and actions ahead of God and what He wants.

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