“His father and mother did not know that it was from the Lord …” (v4). Because this time in Israel’s history was so wicked, it was hard for Samson’s parents (who had spoken to an angel) to see the Lord at work. Samson was raised as a Nazarite, but he was not personally righteous; he demanded a pagan wife and stirred up trouble (v3). Yet, God was so intent on rescuing His people that He used Samson’s passions and rages to subdue the Philistines.
“And the Spirit of the Lord rushed upon him …” (v19). No era is so dark that God is absent; we can’t hide from His presence. His Spirit is always working to draw us back.