Then Delilah said to Samson, “Up to now you have deceived me and told me lies; tell me how you may be bound.” And he said to her, “If you weave the seven locks of my hair with the web and fasten it with a pin, then I will become weak and be like any other man.”
So while he slept, Delilah took the seven locks of his hair and wove them into the web. And she fastened it with the pin and said to him, “The Philistines are upon you, Samson!” But he awoke from his sleep and pulled out the pin of the loom and the web. Judges 16:13-14
Samson would judge Israel for twenty years. He didn’t finish well. We already know he had a weakness for wicked women. Delilah pesters him into disclosing the source of his strength. It takes awhile. Before he reveals all in his heart, he begins to hint around about his hair. The true source of his strength was God who honored his obedience and faith. Eventually, Samson’s disregard for God, led to the abandonment of the Spirit of God and subsequently the power as well. If we want to fulfill our God-given purpose, we too must faithfully obey and rely upon the presence and strength of God.
In what area of my life am I trying to do it on my own, apart from God? Is there any areas I am compromising and playing around with sin?
God, what a reminder that You keep Your promises. I know Your love is unconditional, but Your promises, presence, and power are conditioned upon my faith and obedience. On this Father’s day, I want to honor both my earthly father, and You as well as my heavenly Father. (The title for this post comes from a cool little management book of the same name: www.amazon.com/Orbiting-Giant-Hairball-Corporate-Surviving/dp/0670879835