What You Don’t Know Can Hurt You
“What You Don’t Know… Can Hurt You”
Read- Exodus 34; Judges 14-16
Exodus 34:29- (Moses)” wist not that the skin of his face shone while he talked with Him.”
Judges 16:20- (Samson) “wist not that the Lord was departed from him. But the Philistines took him…”
We have many commonly accepted sayings in our culture that when we think about them may have a questionable amount of truth. “I’ve been working like a dog” I don’t know about yours but mine lies around the house all day. “I killed two birds with one stone.” I think it would be amazing to kill one bird with one stone- not that we should attempt it anyway. The title of our lesson today calls to mind another overused saying of questionable truth.
In our reading, we learn of two men whose lives were going in different directions. First, we have Moses coming down from the mountain after spending time with God- forty days and nights to be exact. (Some of us get restless after forty minutes in church). God’s Word records for us that when this time was finished- Moses face was shining. It appears that Moses didn’t know but everyone else sure did.
What a great illustration of what spending time alone with God will do for you. When you read and meditate on His Word, pray, confess your sins, and allow Him to speak to you, God will shine in your life. It’s like that child who is growing a little bit each day but doesn’t notice it until someone mentions it to him and he stands next to the line on the wall from last year. You will be growing and glowing a little more each day. Others will usually notice it before you will. Moses’ life was heading in the right direction and it was shining- though “he wist not” (he didn’t know).
The second text takes us to the life of Samson. He was a man with a godly family, calling, and gifts. However, this young man refused to cultivate his relationship with God. As you read through his life, you will find he becomes more rebellious and immoral. Though a believer, he takes his relationship with God for granted and lives according to his own desires and will. What he didn’t seem to know was God would not allow His child to live this way and still bless him.
The sad day arrives when God brings him to the realization he is nothing without Him. Day by day his relationship with God declines until there is nothing left and what he didn’t know (but should have) did hurt him. Samson’s life was heading in the wrong direction- it was declining- though “he wist not” (he didn’t know).
Just like the people of Israel recognized Moses shine, the Philistines recognized Samson’s decline. “But the Philistines took him…” The enemies of God (who act like your friends) will always take you. But like the Philistines, they want to blind you, bind you, and grind you (v.21) (You knew I was going to rhyme didn’t you?)
Now we know God allowed hair and heart restoration- but that is for the next lesson. Today, God would have you to examine the direction of your life. Are you developing your relationship with God? You may not know it or see it right now but it is blessing you. Are you neglecting your relationship with God? You may not know it or see it right now, but it is hurting you.
Are you shining or declining? Don’t ignore the question or the answer. What you don’t know- can hurt you.