May 13… Don’t Minimize God’s Power
Judges 16:1-17:13 / John 7:45-8:11 / Psalm 60:1-4
The story of Samson is amazing as we see him used in supernatural ways to deliver oppressed Israel. He was called by God to be a Nazirite, living a strict life of holiness. Up to this point of the text, Samson had broken all of God’s stipulations in his life except the cutting of his hair. Here in this passage, Samson breaks the final command of God as Delilah cuts his hair.
Delilah desperately coerces Samson to reveal his strength. Her motivation? The Philistines promised 28 pounds of silver for this mysterious and valuable information. Samson was “in love” with her but Delilah was not “in love” with him.
His love for her is probably one of the reasons why Samson was willing to reveal the secret of his strength. Compound that with her constant questions, Samson told her the secret of his strength. (v.17) In fact, verse 16 says, “With such nagging she prodded him day after day until he was tired to death.”
It is true…temptation and lust will never give up, they continually hound us until our will is broken. Samson should have known Delilah’s intentions as she tried to subdue Samson 3 different times. This should have alarmed Samson to her intentions BUT… his eyes were closed and his spirit deceived by her evil plot.
They say love is blind…certainly Samson was. You would think Samson would have figured out Delilah’s deception when she told him, “You lied to me” “I can’t trust you” “You don’t love me” “Do you think that I’m a fool?” Ironically, these were the exact thing Delilah was doing to Samson…she was lying to him. He could not trust her. Samson was the fool and Delilah certainly did not love Samson.
After Samson revealed the secret to his strength, Delilah puts him to sleep on her lap and cuts off the 7 braids of Samson’s hair. When she announcements the presence of Philistine soldiers, Samson “awoke from his sleep and thought “I’ll go out as before and shake myself free.” But he did not know that the Lord had left him.” (20)
What a sad commentary on Samson’s life. He lost his power and wasn’t even aware of it. Can the supernatural become somewhat natural in our lives? It is easy to lose perspective of The Holy Spirit’s power and His anointing. We cannot take the power of God lightly. We need to continually be in awe of His work in our lives. Don’t minimize the power of God in your life!