OYB May 2

Filed in ReligionTags: Christianity, Devotions, One Year Bible

Today´s reading:
OT: Judges 15-16
NT: John 2
Ps: Psalm 103
Pr: Proverbs 14:17-19

Today´s notable verse:

The LORD is compassionate and gracious,
slow to anger, abounding in love.

Psalm 103:8 (NIV)

What stood out to me about Samson's story in today's Judges passage was that Samson kept putting himself in bad situations:

1 One day Samson went to Gaza, where he saw a prostitute. He went in to spend the night with her. 2 The people of Gaza were told, "Samson is here!" So they surrounded the place and lay in wait for him all night at the city gate. They made no move during the night, saying, "At dawn we'll kill him." ... 6 So Delilah said to Samson, "Tell me the secret of your great strength and how you can be tied up and subdued." ... 10 Then Delilah said to Samson, "You have made a fool of me; you lied to me. Come now, tell me how you can be tied." ... 13 Delilah then said to Samson, "Until now, you have been making a fool of me and lying to me. Tell me how you can be tied." ... 15 Then she said to him, "How can you say, 'I love you,' when you won't confide in me? This is the third time you have made a fool of me and haven't told me the secret of your great strength." 16 With such nagging she prodded him day after day until he was tired to death. 17 So he told her everything...

Judges 16:1-17

Apparently, Samson never learned from his previous experiences. Unfortunately, we are often the same way today. And, when we fail to learn from our previous mistakes, eventually we find ourselves outside of God's grace, facing the consequences of our actions, and subject to God's loving discipline. I pray that we make the most of God's grace when we make a mistake, thanking Him for protecting us from the worst of the potential outcomes, and choosing to learn from the experience, not again making the same mistake!

The One Year Bible Blog's commentary for today.