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Judges - Choose Wisely

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And [Samson’s wife] said to [Samson], “How can you say, ‘I love you’ when your heart is not with me? You have mocked me these three times, and you have not told me where your great strength lies.”

And when she pressed him hard with her words day after day, and urged him, his soul was vexed to death.”

Judges 16:15-16


Samson was a strong Judge for the people of Israel, but also arrogant. He toyed with people of ill repute, mocking them, trusting in his great strength to save himself time after time. But his arrogance caught up with him. He was pressed hard, day after day, being urged to tell where his great strength came from. Instead of relying on the Lord, who gave him his strength, or telling those who “vexed” him the Lord was his strength, he relied on himself. In turn, his strength failed him, opening himself up to be taken advantage of.


Samson was a warrior, but he was a one-man show. He didn’t surround himself with men of character, instead surrounding himself with people of little character, people who just wanted to take him down. Samson ended up “vexed to death,” which means he ultimately became powerless because of whom he associated with.


Samson’s unwise choices to associate with people who were against him led to his demise.


Daily Battle Order:

Take an inventory of those around you. Are they following the Lord in their lives, being an encouragement? If the answer is “no,” re-evaluate those relationships and seek those who seek the Lord. Choose your circle wisely. God will honor your choice to seek Him first.


“But seek first the kingdom of God, and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.” Matthew 6:33


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