“And the Spirit of the LORD began to move him at times in the camp of Dan between Zorah and Eshtaol.”
The Scriptures don’t tell us what God began to do through the life of Samson when He began to move through him, but one thing we know is that the LORD began to move through him. Knowing that God is beginning to do something through your life is an amazing feeling because God is taking notice of your life. Certainly, it must have been exciting for Samson in those early days of his ministry when God moved through him.
However, the time when God began to move through Samson became a dangerous time in his life. The very next thing that God says about Samson after He began to move in him is found in Judges 14:1 where it says, “And Samson went down…” What started out as a promising future became a troubled future because of the move that Samson made after God began to work in his life. Samson’s future would have been so much greater had he continued doing what caused the LORD to work in his life in the first place.
Getting God to work in your life takes time, sacrifice, prayer, and hard work. There is nothing like the early days of God moving because of the potential ahead if He chooses to continue to move in your life. However, just like Samson, those early days when God begins to move are as dangerous as they are promising, depending upon what you do after He begins to move in your life. The great potential of many believers has been ruined because of the next move after God began to bless. Many churches have ruined their future because of the next move they made after God began to bless that church. Let me give you a couple of thoughts about the next move when God begins to work in your life.
First, God does not move in your life because you are someone great, but He moves in your life because of the righteous actions that you took. Many have let the beginning movement of God in their lives go to their head, only to ruin the remainder of their life because pride got to them.
Second, God beginning to move in your life is not a permission slip to do what you want to do without consequences. Samson let the moving of God in his life go to his head, which resulted in his going down to Timnath. Pride will destroy you every time. Proverbs 18:12 says, “Before destruction the heart of man is haughty, and before honour is humility.” Sin has a way of lying to the person whom God began to move in by making them think that He needs them, and will excuse their indiscretions. My friend, God never excuses sin, and He will judge sin in the person He is working through just as much as He will judge sin in the heathen. Just because God has begun to work in your life doesn’t mean that you can do what you want to do without suffering the consequences. You must never forget that God can always use someone else. God doesn’t need you, but you need God. God has used people far better than you. God’s resources of using people is not limited to you, and you had better remember that His blessings can leave as quickly as they came if you begin to take sinful actions.
Have you mistaken the blessings of God as permission to do what you want to do? If you will always stay humbled that God would even use you, you will never make the mistake of doing what you want to do because of how much you think that God needs you.