“So Delilah said to Samson, “Tell me please, where does your great strength come from? How could you be bound to subdue you?”
Now it came about when she nagged him daily with her speeches and kept bothering him, his soul was annoyed to death. So he divulged to her all his heart and said to her, “No razor has ever been upon my head, for I have been a Nazirite to God from my mother’s womb. If I am shaved, then my strength will go from me, and I will be weak and be like any other man.”
Then she made him sleep upon her knees, and she called for a man and had the seven locks of his head shaved off. She even began to humiliate him while his strength departed from him.”
Judges 16:6, 16-17, 19 TLV
Although we know that God, not hair, was Samson’s strength, but let’s save that for another day. Today let’s focus on little miss Delilah , who was all about self. She had aspirations and was only concerned with how to get what she wanted, and she wasn’t concerned with how she would get there. Whether it was Samson or another man, she would climb their backs to get what she wanted. In this case she betrayed the man she claimed to love for…money.
Maybe Delilah had trust issues from seeing men take advantage and use up women, and she swore to never be a victim but always a victor. We see this women and men. She obviously didn’t realize that betraying someone never puts you in the winner’s column. Nope it makes you the big loser and you have to pay for the sin you committed against your victims and your sin committed against God.
Be weary of the person who is consistently looking for your weaknesses, looking for your vulnerability and areas in which you couldn’t survive attack. Be cautious of how much, and what, information you divulge and to whom. Things that God entrusts in you is for you, do not betray that trust by sharing intimate details with others. It was nobody’s business yet Samson made it so.
Delilah challenged his love and loyalty [v.15], which is also a challenge to his character and honor. Our (just like Samson’s) first and most important vow is to God and anyone who puts us in a position to compromise that vow needs to be put in their place. When people say, “If you loved me you would…” pay close attention, for “love does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking…” [1 Corinthians 13:5]. Delilah was enraged that Samson wouldn’t tell her the truth about how to defeat him. 1 Corinthians 13: 4-5, 7 says that “Love is kind…it is not easily angered… it always protects…” Delilah wasn’t demonstrating love but Samson was blinded by love, or maybe lust.
Understand that God believes in helping those who help themselves, but not those who do so at the expense of others. Delilah was placed in Samson’s life to test him. Would he be obedient to God or would he cave under pressure of temptation? Samson had multiple opportunities to resist Delilah, not divulge his gift, and even to remove her from his life. Samson did not seize those opportunities. His ego got in the way.
We all have and will face male and female Delilah’s in our lifetime. God has given you choices. Follow Him and thrive, or give in to temptation and be conquered by it. Listen to His voice and not the voice of Satan who would stop at nothing to get you to destroy your relationship with God. The enemy will have you make a fool of yourself, in your superhero costume trying to rescue the damsel in distress—who by the way is probably Satan’s double agent.
Delilah didn’t realize she had more to gain in her loyalty to Samson than in her alliance with the Philistines. How could she when she was blinded by money and power? She was a puppet of Satan.
Look around, do you see any Delilah’s hanging around, calling, texting, emailing you? Seize your day and declare it as “TRADING DELILAH DAY” as you get the Delilah’s out of your life.
Father, protect me from my ego that is easily swayed to react without following Your counsel and guidance. I ask for discernment, insight, courage, and the obedience to follow Your lead. If I somehow succumb to pressures or temptation, protect me Lord and strengthen me once more that I may overcome those who would stand in my way of serving You. My most important and valued relationship is the one I have with You. I know that the enemy is always trying to attack and destroy what we have. I pray to You for wisdom, strength, clarity, patience, tenacity, endurance, and protection. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
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