Samson’s Vengeance on the Philistines
The second passenger on the train of retaliation is Samson. The account of Samson is found in Judges 13- 16.
Samson was to do a great work for God. He was to begin the deliverance of Israel from the hands of the Philistines. God gave Samson enormous physical strength to accomplish this plan.
However as we read about Samson, he impulsively used the special gift God gave him for selfish purposes. In Judges 15:11, we read how Samson chose to deal with persecution his way and not God’s way. He answered, “I merely did to them what they did to me.”
Did Samson listen to the Lord’s heartbeat about persecution or did Samson take vengeance on the Philistines himself?
Revenge is an uncontrollable monster; each act of retaliation brings another. It is a boomerang that cannot be thrown without cost to the thrower. What did it cost Samson?
When we have been wronged, it is not up to us to repay the wrong. Proverbs 20:22 – Don’t say, “I pay you back for this wrong! Wait for the Lord, and he will deliver you.
1 Peter 2:23b – “entrust ourselves to him who judges justly.
Just like Cain, Samson would not give up the sin that entangled him. He refused to listen to the Lord’s heartbeat about persecution. He like Cain took the train of retaliation.
Is there a situation in your life that you could and want to retaliate? Are you like Able, being persecuted for being obedient to God? Are you like Cain, the persecutor and then wanted to retaliate because you were being disobedient to God and wanted to blame another for your sin? Are you like Samson, an eye for an eye and tooth for tooth?
The next time, and there will be one, you are persecuted remember Psalm 119:105 – Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path.
Stay off the train of retaliation with God’s Word and listen to the Lord’s heartbeat.