I love the way a salad looks. I know, that’s an odd way to kick off this devotion, but go with me for a moment. Salads look incredibly delicious and pretty; I am always so tempted to try a big bite. They are colorful and crunchy looking. They have the appearance of pure deliciousness. However, to me, they taste TERRIBLE!!! I have been tempted more times than you can imagine by a beautiful salad only to be left spitting and sputtering after a bite. My salads consist of cheese and croutons, hold the lettuce and everything else.
So, why salads? Well, I’m glad you asked. I have been reading through the book of Judges lately, and I ran into the story of Samson. He is well-known for his strength and also his betrayal by Delilah. But something else I noticed was a pattern, it wasn’t just Delilah he fell for, Samson loved all the Philistine ladies.
Judges 14:1,7, “Samson went down to Timnah and saw a young Philistine woman there.” “then he went and spoke to the woman because she seemed right to Samson.”
Judges 16:1, “Samson went to Gaza, where he saw a prostitute and went to bed with her.
Judges 16:4, “Sometime later he fell in love with a woman named Delilah, who lived in the Sorek Valley.”
After reading the book of Judges, I’ve come to the conclusion that Samson had a sight problem, not because the Philistines gouged his eyes out (Judges 16:21), he had a sight problem long before that. In Judges 14, God’s word says the young Philistine woman seemed right; she looked good to Samson. The prostitute looked good. Delilah appeared good. Every woman Samson encountered seemed right, yet it eventually cost him his strength, his gift from God and his life.
Can anyone else relate to Samson? Or is it just me? Often we face things that look right, yet if we are not prayerful, they can quickly lead us astray. Can I speak to you marrieds for a moment? The guy or gal at the office who seems to understand you more than your spouse does, although it may seem right, doesn’t justify you indulging in that relationship. You young people who are looking for Mr. or Mrs. Right, you may find someone who seems like they’ve got everything you’ve ever imagined, but if they are willing to compromise your Christ-minded values, they aren’t right for you. Men, Fathers, Sons, and Husbands: the web is full of what seems right and appears good, but let me clarify, it is NOT good. It does nothing but robs you of real relationships with loved ones and the ones you have the potential to love or be loved by. These seemingly good things have only one mission, and that is to destroy you and your relationship with Jesus and others. My point is, not all that looks right and good is actually right and good.
Don’t allow the picture the world paints to steal your sight away from the creator of the world. Not everything that seems right is right. Prayerfully consider the decisions you are making because making a decision based off of an outer appearance may leave you spitting and sputtering, just like me with salad. If need be, seek godly counsel from good godly mentors. The Word says, “Where no counsel is, the people fall: but in the multitude of counselors there is safety.” (Proverbs 11:14). Prayerfully consider your decisions and actions, my friends. Don’t be led astray by the temporary beauty of sin.
By faith Moses, when he was come to years, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter; Choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God, than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a season; Esteeming the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures in Egypt: for he had respect unto the recompence of the reward. Hebrews 11:24-26