I don’t suppose there is a more interesting Judge in the bible than Samson. I don’t suppose any of the Judges had a more promising future than Samson. And I don’t suppose there were ever a set of parents more disappointed in their son’s decisions than Manoah and his wife.

It began with Samson’s choice of a bride. He insisted on marrying into the Philistine clan rather than choosing a bride from among his own kind. In verse 3 of chapter 14, Manoah pleads with his son to consider the consequences of his choices, but Samson won’t take “no” for an answer. He insists on having what he wants. His life seems to be marked by bad choices.

We’ve all made bad choices in life. I don’t think there is anyone alive who doesn’t have at least one past choice they would like to undo. The interesting thing about Samson is that in the end he makes the one right choice. That seems to settle the issue of his life of wrong choices.

It’s that way for us as well. The Gospel call is “believe in the Lord Jesus Christ and you will be saved.” In the end that one choice will take care of all the wrong ones of our life. Max Lucado puts it this way, “Our task on earth is singular—to choose our eternal home. You can afford many wrong choices in life. You can choose the wrong career and survive, the wrong city and survive, the wrong house and survive. You can even choose the wrong mate and survive. But there is one choice that must be made correctly and that is your eternal destiny.”

I choose Christ!