A Young Lion


God often allows us to go our own way in order to advance His ultimate purpose. David Mainse tells the story about a time when Samson needed counsel on the path of poor choices.

Today’s Reading: Judges 14-15

Key Verse: Judges 14:5 & 6a

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.

The Apostle Peter warns us that our “adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion seeking whom he may devour” (1 Pet. 5:5-9). This is advice to younger people. Samson needed this counsel as he was already on the path of poor choices. His mother and father knew this but did not stand in the way of their son’s desires. Of course, God knew that this would start Samson on his road to deliver Israel from the latest oppressor. God often allows us to go our own way in order to advance His ultimate purpose. Samson desired a wife who did not know God. God could’ve accomplished His purposes in different ways, but He chose to work within Samson’s free will decisions. How can we line up our decisions with His? Psalm 37:4 states, “Delight yourself also in the Lord, and He shall give you the desires of your heart.” When we delight ourselves in the Lord, we want only what He wants. His delight becomes our delight.


Lord God, I desire to do Your will at all times. I delight in You. You are my joy. Therefore I ask for Your guidance in my decisions. I am confident, going forward, that You are directing me into Your plan for me. Thank You Lord! In the Name of Jesus, the One who always delighted to do Your will, I pray. Amen!


Samson was a great champion of Israel, but our Great Champion, the Lord Jesus Christ, is Lord of all. He has defeated death, the last enemy of every human being. He has brought us deliverance, not just for 20 years, but for all eternity. About 30 years ago, Dr. Eby was a guest on the 100 Huntley Street telecast. He was already an old man. He held the record for being the obstetrician who had delivered more babies that anyone else. I was impressed. He told us of his experience while in the tomb of Lazarus. He had a vision of the risen Christ, and his life was forever changed. I have never had such a vision, but I know that Jesus is here, right now. This knowledge changes me for the better every day.

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