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GOD WORKS IN MYSTERIOUS WAYS

 Judges 14:4 “However, his father and mother did not know that it was of the Lord, for He was seeking an occasion against the Philistines. Now at that time the Philistines were ruling over Israel.”

HARD TO UNDERSTAND

The saying “God works in mysterious ways” does not appear anywhere in Scripture, but it does reflect several passages’ basic meaning.  What does it mean?  It means God doesn’t think like we think.  He doesn’t act like we act.  His ways are way beyond our ways. Sometimes the way He works makes absolutely no sense to us.

Samson’s parents were just like us in that they wanted their son to marry a good and godly young woman.  But who does he pick out?  A Philistine woman!  The enemy of Israel!  Why would God allow this?  To prepare Samson to defeat the Philistines.  Mom and Dad, God will use our children in ways we can’t imagine.

TEACHING MOMENT

 Our job, then, is to get our children ready for WHATEVER God chooses to do with them.  We can’t force our desires and wishes on our children, even if we think they are godly plans.  We have to love them enough to let God have them.  Wow!  I know!  That is hard, but it is the right thing to do.

God may ask your little Elrod to do something that makes no sense.  He may struggle with it.  Your task is to stand beside him as he follows the Lord.  When others, even in your own family, mock him and you, stand firm.  Trust God’s wisdom and direction.  Just look at how God used Samson to deliver Israel for 20 years.

Are you fighting against the Lord right now?  You may not even see it as fighting, but if you are not yielding, you are fighting.  We have only one right choice – to surrender daily.  Anything else is just…well…disobedience.  Do the mysterious thing with God.

God of mystery, surprise me today.  Liven up my life in a way I can’t even imagine.  But Lord, when You do, let me point only to You.

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