Today’s reading Judges 11-13
Judges 13:4 Now therefore beware, I pray thee, and drink not wine nor strong drink, and eat not any unclean thing:
Samson’s mom hears the news that she is pregnant and Samson will be born. The angel gives her instructions about how to raise the child.
One of the instructions is that she is not to eat anything that is unclean or to drink wine or strong drink. Samson will be a Nazarite. He will be dedicated to the Lord his entire life.
What I find super interesting is that the mother is not to eat and drink certain things while she is pregnant because of who her son will be. What the mother did would affect the child!
How often we fail to realize as parents that our behavior affects our children. We think that what we are doing is personal and private, little realizing its subtle effect on our children.
If Samson was to be dedicated to the Lord and not touch the unclean nor alcoholic beverages then God didn’t want his mother doing so! Do you consider that you are influencing the life of your children with everything that you do?
Do you realize that part of raising children correctly is not what you do to them or with them but how you are personally.
What you do will have an effect on your children!