Don’t give your strength away – Judges 16

“Delilah lulled Samson to sleep with his head in her lap, and then she called in a man to shave off the seven locks of his hair. In this way she began to bring him down, and his strength left him.” (Judges 16:19)

In this chapter, firstly the Philistines try to capture Samson at Gaza, but he somehow escapes by picking up the town gate! Then he falls in love with a woman named Delilah. This was a fateful relationship, where she seduced him into telling her the secret of his power, being his dedication to God as a Nazirite, and that his hair must never be shaved. After tricking her three times, she nags him to death until he finally tells her. He had braun, but no brains, he should have asked God for wisdom, not just strength! So the Philistines capture him, gouge out his eyes, but the story ends in victory. Although Samson failed by giving into a woman, he prayed one last time to God, that he might bring down the Philistines with one blow. They were having a celebration over the capture of Samson, and when he prayed, he brought the house down, literally! Pushing on the pillars supporting the temple, the Lord made it crumble, killing more Philstines than he killed in his entire lifetime.

In Proverbs 31:2-3, the mother of King Lemuel tells him to not give his strength to women, on those who destroy kings. Samson was one of those who was destroyed by the lure of a woman, and gave his strength away, literally. Our strength is in God alone, and if we give our ways to the things of the world, we will give our strength away, just like Samson did. We lose our strength when we give into the things of the world, that is why we must stay on our guard, staying focussed on the Lord. As Colossians 3:2 says, we need to “set our minds on things above, not on the things of the earth.” In Ps 68:28, it says that God has commanded our strength- if He has commanded our strength, then He has commanded our joy, for “the joy of the Lord is our strength.” If He has commanded our joy, then He has ultimately commanded us to be in His presence- for “in His presence is fullness of joy.” Joy is a fruit of the Spirit, so coming into His presence will fill us not only with joy that gives us His strength, but will give us all of the fruits of the Spirit, being more like Christ. Isn’t that awesome? Do you want to be more like Christ? Come into His presence, and don’t give your strength away!

“Lord, thank You for Your strength in my life. Help me everyday to come into Your presence, filling me with joy and with the strength to live for You and do Your Will, in Jesus’ name, amen.”

*Prov 31:2-3; Ps 68:28; Neh 8:10; Ps 16:11; Gal 5:22-23; Col 3:2

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