Samson and sensible don’t belong together.
Is it sensible to attack a lion? To marry your enemy? To alienate everyone at your wedding so that they burn your wife’s family home? To pursue a devious woman like Delilah? To allow yourself to be seduced by your enemy? To presume upon God’s help in defeating your enemies?
However, Samson isn’t the exception to the not living sensibly rule. Instead, the Bible is insistent in saying that if we live sensibly or believe sensibly or give sensibly or trust sensibly etc then we are failing to understand what it really means to respond to our God.
The faith the Bible describes and encourages us to embrace is a faith that is not sensible at all.
Would you say that it is sensible to leave all of your family behind and to trust solely on the promises that God will bless you so that you and your family will be a blessing to all nations?
Would you say that it is sensible to return to the land where you committed murder to confront the most powerful man in the world and to demand that he sets God’s people free?
Would you say that it is sensible to stand before a terrifying professional soldier who is fully kitted out with only a staff, a sling and five stones?
Would you say that it is sensible to allow yourself to be taken to a site of execution and there let Roman soldiers crucify you and where everyone else mocks you for how you’ve read and understood the heart and soul of the Bible itself?
We need to rethink how we approach the Bible and to realise that it is not a sensible book at all. But then again, the life we’re called to live as we obey the Bible isn’t sensible either.
When we choose to live the not sensible life the Bible calls us we discover it is the life in all its fullness that Jesus described.
When we choose to live the not sensible life the Bible calls us we discover it is lived in the presence and power of the Spirit.
When we choose to live the not sensible life the Bible calls us we discover it is a life where we know that in Christ God’s promises are always ‘Yes’ and ‘Amen’!
Dare you to be sensible – I hope not.