Judges 15-16

Who or what is your Delilah?

In Judges 15-16 we continue our look at the life and collapse of the antihero Samson.

As these chapters show us, Samson’s life is completely out of control. After finding out his wife had been given to another man, he takes vengeance into his own hands. After that incident, Israel had had enough of his antics & handed him over to the Philistines, only for him to kill 1,000 of their men with a donkey’s jawbone. Then he gets caught up with prostitutes & other women. It’s an endless cycle of demise.

Samson’s life choices finally catch up with him while with Delilah, who had secretly agreed to sell him out to the Philistines. He kept toying with her until he finally broke down and told her that his strength came from his hair. This was the last straw for God, as his presence left when the final piece of his Nazirite vow was broken.

1 John 2:15-16 summarizes Samson’s life well when John writes, “Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world—the desires of the flesh and the desires of the eyes and pride of life—is not from the Father but is from the world. And the world is passing away along with its desires, but whoever does the will of God abides forever.”

Samson let his own desires get in the way of God’s call on his life. God had to take away everything from Samson & humiliate him before he finally recognized that it wasn’t his hair, but God’s presence, that was the source of his strength. The end of Judges 16 gives us hope that Samson’s faith was renewed (symbolized through the growth of his hair), even if his last feat of strength was done in vengeance. Through it all, God still accomplished his goal of freeing Israel.

Samson is no one we want to be like. Take time today to meditate on his life & how the Lord worked through him. Then look for the sins & actions in your life that are keeping you from living out God’s purpose for your life. Ask the Lord to steer your life back in the direction of living for him.

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