“Don’t rock the boat!” had become the philosophy of the elders and people of Israel after the time of Judges had begun. For the last forty years Israel had allowed the Philistines to run over them and ruin them without hardly putting up a fight. Israel needed strength, not the stamina of a Politian or the stoutness of a pungent, Israel needed raw power. Therefore, God raises up a boy who would become the strength of Israel to remind Israel that their stability and soundness is in God…

“And the woman bare a son, and called his name Samson: and the child grew, and the LORD blessed him.” Judges 13:24

The life of Samson is like watching the Sunrise of the morning, with all its hope, brilliance and promise of a new day and then to watch it retreat into the darkness at evening. Truly Samson’s life rose with brilliance but quickly slipped into the darkness. Consider the following realities of the sunrise of his life:

Someone wisely said, “True house cleaners aren’t just born, they are maid.” Sorry, that’s funny! To fully understand the sunrise of Samson’s life we must appraise the environment he was developed in. Consider first of all Samson’s Parents. In Judges 13 we uncover three simple, yet remarkable choices they had made for themselves, which in return were reapable for Samson. Manoah and his wife chose a Disciplined life, meaning they on purpose decided to become further disciplined with their own lives to set the right example for their child-they didn’t have this attitude, “Do what I say, but not what I do”. Samson’s parents cared so much about creating the best, God honoring home that they Dedicated themselves to wholly following Jehovah God. Imagine the struggle Samson would have had if his parents held him at a level of expectation, that they themselves didn’t keep for themselves. True balance in our walk with Christ and marriage and child rearing rises and falls on realistic expectations for them and ourselves. Manoah and his wife grasped this, which in return led them to Denying themselves legitimate pleasures to provide the best environment for their son. Samson’s parents understood that their home was to be a sanctuary from the evils of the world and the consequences of it’s influence. They gave themselves to create the kind of home life where their child didn’t learn of the worlds evils by watching them play out inside the walls of their home. There is nothing quite as stunning as watching the sun crest the sky in the morning. The promise of a new day, a chance to make things right, an opportunity to undo a choice or decision made in haste comes with rising of the sun.

The day coming was glittered with hope for Samson, the sun was illuminating its glory on him and his future was as bright as the promises of God. Surely with this kind of environment, nothing could go wrong, right? Stay tune for part
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