4 Afterward it happened that he loved a woman in the Valley of Sorek, whose name was Delilah. 5 And the lords of the Philistines came up to her and said to her, “Entice him, and find out where his great strength lies, and by what means we may overpower him, that we may bind him to afflict him; and every one of us will give you eleven hundred pieces of silver.”
1 Now Samson went down to Timnah, and saw a woman in Timnah of the daughters of the Philistines. 2 So he went up and told his father and mother, saying, “I have seen a woman in Timnah of the daughters of the Philistines; now therefore, get her for me as a wife.”
Today we can compare Samson with a believer who of course walks with God and fights His battles, but still easily stumbles into his weaknesses. Obviously, many persons stumble and have weaknesses, but here we are speaking about someone who is a bit more inclined to this. Comparing him to a believer today we cannot either say that we are speaking about someone who lives permanently in sin and doesn’t feel regret at all when he sins. No. When we are talking about Samson we are talking about a real believer and one who fights his battles for God’s glory, someone who is a part of the Kingdom. We know this because the Bible says that Samson was chosen since his birth, and we can see God’s hand on his life.
This was probably lacking in Samson’s life and the consequences didn’t delay coming. After the death of the woman he had chosen for a wife and some other moments he went through, he met Delilah. Driven by the Philistines, she wanted to know the secret of his strength. Here we see the enemy pointing right there where the fountain of the power is. His purpose is to annihilate us and to attack us where our major weakness is. Once the enemy achieves that, he will try to interrupt the fountain of our strength, he will try to interrupt our relationship with God and to cut our strength and faith by the roots. We know that our strength comes from God. That’s why he will try to interrupt our relationship with Him. He will try to instill doubt in our hearts and to cut all connections and ways for us to be related with God. This is what Delilah did. She wanted to know the very secret of Samson’s strength. He probably didn’t take it as something serious in that moment and being overconfident, he kept on playing with her, telling her different things about the secret of his strength. This is when we play with sin, thinking that we still have control over it. If he had taken the matter seriously, he would have probably cut this conversation with her since the beginning of it and would have moved away. But as he had probably forgotten that the secret of his strength was coming not from himself but from God, by following His ways, he opened his heart to her. This happens in our life when we are too confident, and we forget that we are nothing without him. Failing and falling into sin, helps us to realize our fragility and get back to God, to get back to trust in Him even more than before. The failure and the sin don’t occur just at the moment in most of the times but build up with time by leaving aside our trust in Him. We start walking by our own strength and wisdom. This is something subtle and, in our eyes, it looks like we still walk and trust in God, but we don’t do it all heartedly. We need to put all our effort to do so, but to trust in our own strength is nevertheless an occurrence that sometimes we cannot control. That’s why God sometimes allows certain failures to happen in our life so that we can come aware of our real condition and our weakness, so that we can trust again in Him. This is in His sovereignty, and we have to desire to walk up straight with Him through thought the way and not to purposely allow sin in our life.
By "all these things" we also intend His protection. We wanted to depart from Him? Them He leaves us to depart but will still remind us that the only secure place is under His wings. Same as the prodigal son who asked for his part of the inheritance and left his father. He departed far from him and after a while felt the consequences of his own choices. So, the way He performs this judgement and the fact that we are found in the enemy’s hands same as it happened to Samson, is actually for our good.
Of course, in this passage is speaking about the people who do not believe at all, but I believe that a believer can also get blinded again. In 2 Peter 1:5-9 it is said:
We see that in this passage is described the effort a believer must have, so that he can grow in the faith. Without this he is shortsighted, even to blindness. This confirms that a believer can be blinded too. Samson wasn’t probably putting all his effort to please God and many times gave a free way to his flesh and desires.
Another thing that we need to notice is what happened after they imprisoned him. V. 22 of chapter 16 of Judges says:
We said already that Samson’s victory as well as the victory we can have today is because of the Lord’s goodness and not because of our capability or failures. Through this story we can clearly see that our capability is not to glorify God, but to fail. I am not saying this to point that we can deliberately fail, but so that we can come to acknowledgement of who we are, of how our nature is. Our nature and desire are leading us to sin. I am also mentioning this part of the story of Samson to say to those who have failed and think that their failure is great and irreparable, that they need to be encouraged knowing that God can still use them and use any situation for good. Samson achieved much at the end of his life, but there indeed were consequences and he went through tough moments. He was blinded and at the end in order to accomplish what he desired from God, he had to sacrifice himself and die with the Philistines. I am sure that we don’t want to go through these kinds of moments in our life, even if we are not necessary speaking of literal death coming to someone when sinning as it happened in this story. This is just an example of the consequences that come after sin.
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