God’s Unlikely Plans

I had forgotten that Samson was married to another woman before he met Delilah.  But Judges chapter 14 tells us about his first wife, a Philistine woman.  My first reaction was that Samson made an unwise decision, having known about God’s prior warnings to not fraternize with the women of the surrounding nations.

Samson went down to Timnah and saw there a young Philistine woman.  When he returned, he said to his father and mother, “I have seen a Philistine woman in Timnah; now get her for me as my wife.”

His father and mother replied, “Isn’t there an acceptable woman among your relatives or among all our people? Must you go to the uncircumcised Philistines to get a wife?”

But Samson said to his father, “Get her for me. She’s the right one for me.”  (His parents did not know that this was from the LORD, who was seeking an occasion to confront the Philistines; for at that time they were ruling over Israel.)Judges 14:1-4

What struck me was that this marriage – though seemingly done unwisely – was actually part of God’s plan to pit Samson against the Philistines at a later time.  God’s plans are always at work and sometimes take the most unlikely form – at least to us.


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