…he turned aside to look… Judges 14:8
It only took a moment, a split second really. I was young and driving. I turned aside to look at the construction taking place on the side of the road and BANG! I slammed into the back of another car in a long, long line of backed up cars at a red light. I still shake my head at the mortifying memory, thankfully no one was hurt God protected us all. I learned a lesson the hard way that day. Keep your eyes on the road ahead at all times!
Judges 14:8-9 tells us Sampson had an episode of tuning aside to look… he noticed a lion’s carcass filled with some honey. Now Sampson was a Nazirite of God from birth (Judges 13:7) and according to Nazirite vows he was not allowed to go near a dead body (Num. 6:6-7). This would explain why when he shared the honey with his parents he chose not to tell them where he found the honey. This honey finding also leads to a wedding riddle debacle that leads to 30 men dying, which leads to his wife being given to his friend, which leads to 300 foxes being tied together burning crops, then to people getting burned, and more slaughter and Sampson killing 1000 men with a donkeys jawbone!! Who would have thought just one little turning to the side to look would cause so much disaster!
It’s a slow fade and as humans the older we get the better we become at rationalizing things. Its just one look, just one visit… one taste of the apple was all it took for sin to enter the world right. One step, one taste, one look, might be all it takes for the accident to happen that you can’t take back. Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. 1 Peter 5:8
Independent Read: Proverbs 4:27, 1 Cor. 10:13