While You Were Sleeping

Speaker: Edsel Cadet from Beraca SDA Church Queens, NY

Scripture Reading: Matthew 11:28-30

28Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. 29Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. 30For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.

As we go about our daily lives, we pray for directions, for signs that will allow us to navigate the path meant for us. Sadly, the signs are there, but we walk right past them. Most of us are sleepwalking.

We learned that Samson was such an individual.  He was born to Zorah and Manoah. (Read Judges 13) God gave them specific instructions. He was not to let a razor touch his head. He was not to eat anything unclean, nor consume wine or any strong drink. Samson was a Nazarite unto God. Samson was a man of extraordinary strength. No one knew that the source of his strength came from his hair. He was charged with the responsibility of delivering Israel out of the hands of the Philistines.  In Judges 16, we discover his story, a recollection of his demise.

Remember the special instructions God had given Manoah. Samsonn had put those guidelines aside to pursue a Philistine woman. His parents had warned him time and time again, but their counsel fell on deaf ears.  He had willingly chosen to ignore their warnings and live his life. He had set aside his divine calling for the love of a woman. He was originally going to marry one woman whose hand was given to another, because she had revealed the answer to a riddle he posted to the Philistines and he had walked out as a result.

In Judges 16: 14, we see that Samson fell in love with another woman, his former fiance’s sister. She could not be trusted. Shw wasn’t in love with him. She was bought by the Philistines who wanted to kill Samson.

14And it came to pass afterward, that he loved a woman in the valley of Sorek, whose name was Delilah.   5And the lords of the Philistines came up unto her, and said unto her, Entice him, and see wherein his great strength lieth, and by what means we may prevail against him, that we may bind him to afflict him; and we will give thee every one of us eleven hundred pieces of silver.

We learned that true love doesn’t ask you to compromise your godliness. Samson did. You must always be a witness unto others. You shouldn’t be with someone you don’t trust. Samson was. Delilah was determined to learn the source of his strength. He gave her instructions that would temporarily appease her. She literally told him what she wanted to do and yet he didn’t listen. Judges 16:6 says, “And Delilah said to Samson, Tell me, I pray thee, wherein thy great strength lieth, and wherewith thou mightest be bound to afflict thee.”

Time and time again, he “slept” in her bed and never realized she and the Philistines were plotting against him. Then it was too late.

God will not put more on you than you can bear. It is true that God will free you, but many of us take on these challenges. Don’t take upon yourself more than you can bear. Don’t test your ability to withstand temptation. You may be strong now, but it may not last over time, leaving you to fall victim.

There ought to be no intimacy without commitment.  Marriage is commitment, nothing less than that. We pray for something or someone and we accept what may look like our answer, but isn’t. God didn’t choose this or him/her for you.  You did.

Adam slept as well.  He trusted God who had him rest as he created Eve from his rib bone. (Read Genesis 2)    21And the LORD God caused a deep sleep to fall upon Adam, and he slept: and he took one of his ribs, and closed up the flesh instead thereof; Adam had no doubts at all. He slept and out of it came good. We need to fall asleep in order to see what’s been right in front of us all along, to keep us out of trouble, focused on God alone.

God gave Adam a home, a job, and a ministry. (Genesis 2:15) Many of us are running after the opposite sex when we need to work on ourselves, preparing for that future.

The act of resting in God is a form of trust that God will do what He wants for us and it’ll be good. Learn from Samson’s mistake. Rest in Him. Let Him guide you on the path that has already been paved for you.

If we don’t have faith in God to order our relationships, we can safely say that we don’t have faith in God as our Savior. If you see that you have not been trusting God to order your relationships, do you really trust Him to save your soul?  Many of us stay in sin because we don’t truly believe in God and we are living by routine. It was by faith that Adam and Eve were able to live after they sinned. We should submit these smaller things to Him so that we can submit greater things to Him. Let Him be your guide.

Thanks for reading and remember God loves you. Be blessed!

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