The life of Samson in the Bible teaches a lesson on how youths ought to mould their lives in the will of God and not to ignore the wise counsel of their parents. Samson violated God’s guideline, ignored and disobeyed the counseling of his parents. Moreover, he did not learn from his mistake even after receiving the grace for a second chance to amend his ways. At the end, his arrogant and obstinate behavior caused the tragedy end to his life.

Every child that is born is channeled into this world through their parents. One of the responsibilities of the parents is to guide and preventing the child from walking in the way of destruction.

One area that seems to generate disagreement between youths and their parents is the area of marriage. Choosing a future partner by youth is one of those responsibilities parents need to guide their son not to fall into the hand of a Delilah type of wife; or their daughter not to fall into the hand of a worthless man. No civilization or order of the day should change this pattern of seeking spiritual and parental guidance in choosing a future wife. Many parents have counseled their children to no avail; many youths would go their own ways to satisfy their lust or/and unwise desire.

The scripture admonishes youths,

My son, hear the instruction of your father,
And do not forsake the law of your mother;
For they will be a graceful ornament on your head,
And chains about your neck (Pro. 1: 8-9).

Many marriages that failed today are the result of many youths forsaken the counseling of their parents. The parents of Samson advised him not to marry from the philistine, knowing fully that they are the enemy of Israel; but he refused and disregarded his parent’s counseling: he satisfied his own lustful desire. This action would later become a stage set for the tragedy that ends his life.

Samson said to his father,

“Get her for me, for she pleases me well.” (Jug. 14:3)

The statement that Samson made to quiet his parents is still the same statement that youths are making to give their parents no choice than to stand by them. Many parents have been subjected to sleepless vigil and silence torture of the heart.

When Samson could not be convinced, as parents, they have no choice than to support him. They followed him to visit the parents of Timnah (the first philistine woman he loved). The love affair became an occasion for the philistine (enemies) to trap and conquer him. May you never be tempted to marry someone that will become an agent to your destruction.

The occasion became Tom and Jerry affairs; enemies disguising as friends. They were celebrating as in-laws, but, the motive of the philistine was to use the occasion to capture Israel.

Many youths have become victims of ignorance of the reality of life; especially, in the area of choosing a partner for a spouse. Marriage is the beginning of another journey in life; it needs spiritual and parental guidance; it needs the counseling of someone who has the experience. Do not ignore the counseling of your parents because, they advise you based on their experience, which should be the bedrock upon which to build your new life.

To be continued

By Lawrence Abitogun

Related posts:

  1. Youth Age is Life’s Foundation
  2. Guarding against Lustful Temptation, part 3

About the Author

Lawrence B. Abitogun, called by the special grace of the Almighty God through our Lord Jesus Christ; by the empowerment of the Holy Ghost, witnessing and preaching the gospel to the world, was born to a Christian parents at Uso, Ondo state, Nigeria. He received his elementary and secondary education in Nigeria from 1959-1971. He obtained a Bachelor degree in Fine Arts and a Master of Science in Industrial Arts at North Texas State University, Denton TX USA in 1979 and 1982 respectively.

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