by Christina Farris
16 And it came to pass, when she pressed him daily with her words, and urged him, so that his soul was vexed unto death;
17 That he told her all his heart, and said unto her, There hath not come a razor upon mine head; for I have been a Nazarite unto God from my mother's womb: if I be shaven, then my strength will go from me, and I shall become weak, and be like any other man.
18 And when Delilah saw that he had told her all his heart, she sent and called for the lords of the Philistines, saying, Come up this once, for he hath shewed me all his heart. Then the lords of the Philistines came up unto her, and brought money in their hand.
19 And she made him sleep upon her knees; and she called for a man, and she caused him to shave off the seven locks of his head; and she began to afflict him, and his strength went from him.
20 And she said, The Philistines be upon thee, Samson. And he awoke out of his sleep, and said, I will go out as at other times before, and shake myself. And he wist not that the LORD was departed from him.
21 But the Philistines took him, and put out his eyes, and brought him down to Gaza, and bound him with fetters of brass; and he did grind in the prison house.
22 Howbeit the hair of his head began to grow again after he was shaven.
23 Then the lords of the Philistines gathered them together for to offer a great sacrifice unto Dagon their god, and to rejoice: for they said, Our god hath delivered Samson our enemy into our hand.
24 And when the people saw him, they praised their god: for they said, Our god hath delivered into our hands our enemy, and the destroyer of our country, which slew many of us.
25 And it came to pass, when their hearts were merry, that they said, Call for Samson, that he may make us sport. And they called for Samson out of the prison house; and he made them sport: and they set him between the pillars.
26 And Samson said unto the lad that held him by the hand, Suffer me that I may feel the pillars whereupon the house standeth, that I may lean upon them.
27 Now the house was full of men and women; and all the lords of the Philistines were there; and there were upon the roof about three thousand men and women, that beheld while Samson made sport.
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, O God, that I may be at once avenged of the Philistines for my two eyes.
29 And Samson took hold of the two middle pillars upon which the house stood, and on which it was borne up, of the one with his right hand, and of the other with his left.
30 And Samson said, Let me die with the Philistines. And he bowed himself with all his might; and the house fell upon the lords, and upon all the people that were therein. So the dead which he slew at his death were more than they which he slew in his life.
31 Then his brethren and all the house of his father came down, and took him, and brought him up, and buried him between Zorah and Eshtaol in the buryingplace of Manoah his father. And he judged Israel twenty years. The Philistines the enemy of Israel even before King Saul decide to find out the source of Samson's unusual strength. Samson had come to their village to get drunk and to sleep with women, so they took his sin of loose living and gave him a woman name Delilah to entice Samson to tell the secret of his strength. An Angel of the Lord had visited Samson's mother and father, and the angel told them they would have a son that would be a deliver of Israel and he would be a Nazarite and was to never cut his hair that it would be the source of his strength. Samson has he became a man proved his ability to make war, and to destroy the Philistines, but what he failed to do was to keep from strong drink of wine and women.
Samson failings and his desire to serve his lust kept Samson from being a great hero of his day, and yet he was still would be a hero and a deliver. Delilah would deceive Samson after several attempts to find the source of Samson's Strength. Delilah would shave Samson head when he was asleep from to much wine. Then she would call to Samson and say the Philistines were upon him and he arose up as usual, but with no strength from God and the Philistines over power Samson and gouged out both of his eyes, shackled him and took him and placed him in prison in Gaza. Overtime Samson hair began to grow and his strength began to return. One day the Philistine brought him into the temple to make fun of him before their god Dagon. Dagon was a half man half fish idol. Now Samson had the boy that lead him to the temple to place him in between two pillars. Has they began to make sport of Samson he began to pray, and ask God to allow him to avenge his enemy and to die has he pulled the temple of Dagon down by the two pillars that held it up. There were many people of the Philistines that would loose their life that day. Thus he became a great deliver to Israel.
What my point Philistines did not like Israel and was always causing war against them, God raised up a man that despite his own rebellion against God and his Spirit, would be a destroyer of the Philistines. As a Nazarite strong drink was not to touch his lips. Yet he would be dunkard and a jailbird, not a man of God, until that day his eyes were gouged out and he was placed in prison, did Samson realize what he had lost. How many years did it take for Samson to grow his hair back to a length that would allow him to have strength to pull the pillars of a pagan temple down. How long did Samson wait to avenge the Philistines the truth it is unknown. However how long does it take for our own hair to grow.
Our failings are sometimes like Samson, with no regard to upbring and the way we are raised to a full turn around to desire to serve the Lord. It is our disregard of how important God's will for our life is. Samson would pull the pillars down in the Dagon's temple to honor God in obedience as a deliverer to Israel. Our failings taking us further then we ever imagined to a life of captivity and then to victory when we understand our sin, God's relationship to us and our need to obey his will for life despite our own desires.
Don't let your failures this morning rule what you think you are, consider repenting and turning to God's ways and will for your life. Choose God or choose to go through the storm the devil is sending to try and destroy you for eternity. God's way is always best despite our own desires. Yet to be wild for a day may seem like the solution in our life, but in truth it caused more people to drink and drive, cause someone else pain, and even destroy one's own reputation. Whether caught or not, people that regard you has strong, will polished will see that sin too and not only know your human but know your failings. Samson desire not to live after he complete God's will for his life, but what he did not realize is God could of restored him to his family. He was not left under the temple but his body was carried home to be burried.
Our battle of sin is not ours if we hand it to the Lord. Our battle of temptation is not ours if we hand it to the Lord. Our battle to serve God is our choice, but his will, will still be fulfilled, whether willingly or unwillingly. Who do you desire to serve, the one that can aid you in all battles of your life, or the one that desire to torment you all the days of your life and in the grave?
Dear Heavenly Father fulfill your will in my life, help me to be an example of faith and not an example of a life running toward sin and destruction. In Jesus precious name, Amen.
Continual Scripture Study:1 Peter 5:8-11 KJV
8 Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:
9 Whom resist stedfast in the faith, knowing that the same afflictions are accomplished in your brethren that are in the world.
10 But the God of all grace, who hath called us unto his eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after that ye have suffered a while, make you perfect, stablish, strengthen, settle you.
11 To him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.