“Tale of Heartbreak”
Judges 14: 7, 20: “So he went down and talked to the woman, and she looked good to Samson … But Samson’s wife was given to his companion who had been his friend.” Whenever we read Samson’s story we make the same mistake that the people of that time did: we don’t see his side. But look at him from his own point of view. He really loved this Timnite girl, and he really was married to her, albeit briefly. All that was taken away by the treachery of his so-called friends and lack of support from his own people, who judged him based on their own fear. Shouldn’t he rate even a little of our pity? After all, the whole thing was “of the Lord” (v. 4).