Judges 16:16-17 (MSG) She kept at it day after day, nagging and tormenting him. Finally, he was fed up—he couldn’t take another minute of it. He spilled it. He told her, “A razor has never touched my head. I’ve been God’s Nazirite from conception. If I were shaved, my strength would leave me; I would be as helpless as any other mortal.”18 When Delilah realized that he had told her his secret, she sent for the Philistine tyrants, telling them, “Come quickly—this time he’s told me the truth.” They came, bringing the bribe money.19 When she got him to sleep, his head on her lap, she motioned to a man to cut off the seven braids of his hair. Immediately he began to grow weak. His strength drained from him.
As a child, Samson was dedicated to God, and God gifted him with supernatural strength. But Samson had a lifetime weakness, his desire for women. If you know the story, then you know that Samson was blinded to the dangers he faced in his relationship with Delilah. His enemies paid Delilah to discover the secret of his strength. Do you have a weakness for women, men, or passions which makes you blinded to dangers in your relationship with God?
Three times she begged him to let her in on his secret, and each time she tried to use this information to hand him over to his enemies. All three times, Samson lied to her and was able to escape, but each time he got closer to telling her the truth. In the end, Samson revealed his secret, was taken captive, and died a slave in the hands of his enemies.
Samson’s real problem can be found in his wayward passions, which his enemies took advantage of. His disobedience to God caused him to gradually inch his way toward destruction and a violent death. Now I must confess this is a real concern to me and my life. What do we learn from the story of Samson? Though our choices may not lead to a violent death, they can lead to the destruction of our families, jobs, or reputation.
You can protect yourself by developing relationships with those who love you and are devoted to God’s truth. It will help you choose obedience when you might have been tempted to choose otherwise. Unlike Delilah, safe, trustworthy friends will prove to be a source of strength, encouragement and wisdom. Ask yourself is this the story of Samson or me?