Be Not Unequally Yoked

“I find more bitter than death the woman whose heart is snares and nets, and whose hands are fetters. He who pleases God escapes her, but the sinner is taken by her.”

— Ecclesiastes 7:26

The name Samson was derived from the Hebrew word for sun, and he certainly was the light of day for not only his parents, but for all of the people of Israel who had been suffering under the grinding tyranny of the Philistines for so long.

But he also had a great weakness: he had an eye for women—the wrong kind of women. His calling was to deliver the people from the Philistines, and yet he couldn’t deliver himself fast enough to them. He saw this one that pleased him well, and he asked his parents to go get her for him. But they remonstrated: “Are there no women among your relatives, or all of our people, that you are intending to take a wife from among the uncircumcised Philistines?” (Judges 14:2).

He replied, “Get her for me, for she pleases me well” (verse 3).

Strange unbelieving flesh, and so we see that every such woman he went after betrayed him—every one. And how many Christians have gone after unbelievers, men or women, and found that their lives have been destroyed by such betrayal because at the very heart of the marriage there is a great divide that cannot be covered over?

Lord Jesus, give me strength to stay faithful to You and to my loved ones. Help me to never form an adulterous relationship. Help me teach this truth to others to keep them from eternal harm. I pray today for the people I know who are unequally yoked that You would save the unsaved…