I’m really happy with how much I’m getting out of reading the Bible this rapidly. Granted, I glazed over some in Numbers and Deuteronomy, but even then there were nuggets that I’d never seen before.
This week we covered Joshua, Judges, Ruth and 1 Samuel. There was lots to chew on through these books but Samson got my attention the most.
If you recall, God spoke that Samson would be a Nazarite from birth. (Judges 13:7) His mother was instructed not to eat anything that cometh from the vine; drink wine or strong drink, not to eat anything unclean. (Judges 13:14)
Once Samson was grown he decided he wanted to marry a Philistine, against his parents wishes. (Judges 14:1-3) He was already starting to show some signs of disobedience, but it was only a little. Then in verse 9, he took honey out of the dead lions carcass and ate it, but didn’t tell his parents about it. (Now, keeping a secret or two.) The problem there is that he was a Nazarite, and anything dead was unclean he wasn’t to touch it…but to EAT it?? Eww!
(Judges 16:1) shows us that he then went in to a harlot. Verse 4, he fell in “love” with Delilah. (Judges 16:16) He gave in to the “daily pressure” and told his secret and paid the price with his eyes and finally his life.
But look at Judges 16:20…And he awoke out of his sleep, and said, I will go out as at other times before, and shake myself. And he knew not that the Lord was departed from him.
Those “little” sins, those “little” disobediences that seemed to go unnoticed gave him a prideful (ok, downright cocky) attitude. But they also started to slowly separate him from God. By the time his hair was cut and the Philistines were on him, he wasn’t even able to discern that God’s power had left him.
Often, we are like Sampson. A little disobedience here, a small “pet” sin there. Maybe it’s a haughty attitude, because after all we are “God’s man/woman of power for the hour”. Then the daily pressure of something BIG, something IMPORTANT, something that can cost your very life comes along and you give in because each of those little areas have slowly separated you from God. You are no longer tuned in to hear that still small voice.
Suddenly you’re out there alone, floundering in the aftermath. You cry out “God where are you? Why did YOU let this happen?” If you’re fortunate enough to have physically survived, and spiritually smart enough, you look around and see God….way back there, where YOU LEFT HIM.
(Judges 16:28) And Samson called unto the Lord, and said, “O Lord God, remember me, I pray thee, and strengthen me, I pray thee, only this once…..”
Kick your Delilah to the curb today! The cost is too great!