April 9
Judges 14:5-9

Keeping secrets

Samson was on his way to Timnah with his father and mother to meet the Philistine women he wanted to marry. On their way, walking through the vineyards, Samson heard a young lion roaring. The power of the Lord came on Samson and made him very strong. He went after the lion and killed it with his bare hands, but He didn’t tell his parents what he had done.

A few days later, when Samson went back to marry the Philistine woman, he went to look for the dead lion. A swarm of bees had made a hive inside the lion’s body, so Samson scraped the honey out and, when he met up with his parents again, gave them some too. But Samson did not tell his parents where he had got the honey.

Should I tell my parents everything?

Isn’t it amazing how parents seem to find out about the things their children try to hide from them? For a while, children may be able to cover up something, but in the end, parents always seem to stumble across the evidence or start asking uncomfortable questions. When you try to cover up your sin, you’ll end up feeling guilty, dirty, dishonest, and miserable. God knows you are not perfect; so when you do sin, He wants you to confess your sin straight away (1 John 1:9).

Samson was not supposed to go near anything that was dead, and he knew it, yet he was disobedient and kept it a secret. You don’t need to carry the weight of guilt in your heart, or live a life of secret failures! Tell your parents about your temptations and struggles so they can pray for you and encourage you.

Verse for today

Nothing in all creation is hidden from God's sight. Everything is uncovered and laid bare before the eyes of him to whom we must give account. Hebrews 4:13