Marriage Devotional Day 37 - Do You Want to be Like Samson or David?
Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ. If anyone thinks they are something when they are not, they deceive themselves. Galatians 6:2-3
Often we are taught about heroes of the Bible, Samson and David each come to mind. Samson was a man of great strength and David was a man after God’s own heart. When you look at the life of Samson and David, they are opposite is so many ways. Let’s look at their lives and ask ourselves, “What differences in character traits do we see and what traits do we want to live by?”
What can we learn from Samson?
1. Outside of his parents, the only other person that he seems to have a relationship with in this story is the person who led to his capture and death. This tells us that he was a loner. (Judges 13, Judges 16)
2. He compromised his non-negotiable terms without anyone to hold him accountable. (Judges 14:8-9, Judges 16:17)
3. He wandered from home a lot into the world of a pagan nation that God wanted him to deliver the Israelites from. (Judges 13:5, Judges 14:1, Judges 16)
4. He held his position as the leader for twenty years and never freed Israel from under the hands of the Philistines. (Judges 15:20)
5. The only time we see Samson praying in the Bible is right before he dies. (Judges 16:28-30)
What we learn from David?
1. David has many friends, including Jonathan, who gave David his armor and weapons to represent trust and vulnerability. (1 Samuel 18:1-5)
2. After David had committed adultery and murder, a friend who was a prophet held David accountable and David repented. (Psalm 51)
3. David had a home life that is talked about in scripture. Even when he was struggling with sin, he was at home and not in a pagan culture away from his home and people. You also see David obey God and stop the plans for the construction of the temple and left it for his son to build. (2 Samuel 11:2-5, 1 Chronicles 28)
4. David may not have killed 1,000 Philistines with a donkey’s jawbone like Samson, but he did kill Goliath with a single rock and saw Israel freed from under the hand of the Philistines because of it. (1 Samuel 17)
5. David spent many of his early years in solitude so we see many of the Psalms written by David at different points in his life. If is clear in scripture that David had a close relationship with God and spent much of his personal time in prayer and worship. (Psalm 119)
For her: What Christian women do you have in your life that you can be vulnerable with? What Christian women do you know that you can trust to hold you accountable so that you can be the wife and mother that God has called you to be? Call that person up today andsetup a time to have coffee with them.
For him: What Christian men do you have in your life that you can be vulnerable with? What Christian men do you know that you can trust to hold you accountable so that you can be the husband and father that God has called you to be? Call that person up today and set-up a time to have coffee with them.
For us: Are you participating together in church community outside of just attending a church service together? If not, sign up for a small group or other community group opportunity at your local church.
Used by permission. Cornerstone Christian Fellowship.