Samson was strong. I am sure that every reader can testify to this truth; we have heard it and have even seen pictures or movies that have depicted this fact. Yet, Samson was also weak. Samson had a weakness when it came to ladies; one in particular that ultimately led to his demise: Delilah.
When I read Samson’s story and how he kept allowing himself to hang out with Delilah, everything inside me would have warned him something like this:
"Samson! GET OUT! Get out of there! Do you not see what she is doing to you? SAMSON! She just wants to zap you of your strength!! She doesn’t even truly care about you! You are so much better than this! Why are you letting her into your heart?!"
Unfortunately, as we read today, Samson stayed. Samson stayed in the lair of this manipulative lady. Do you ever wonder if he caught on to her tactics? It wasn’t like she entrapped him overnight, but it was a process. It was a slow fade, it did not happen overnight. Three times she kept nagging him saying:
“How can you say, ‘I love you,’ when you won’t confide in me? This is the third time you have made a fool of me and haven’t told me the secret of your great strength.” With such nagging she prodded him day after day until he was sick to death of it. [Judges 16:15,16 NIV]
Finally, the third time, he gave in. The one thing I would like to highlight before going on, is that Samson kept allowing her back in. In the same way, what we continue to tolerate will one day dominate. At first it might be annoying, possibly even subtle. You may find that this person/thing is causing inconvenience and zapping your time, but by the time you realize it, it is a little harder to get out.
In Samson’s case, he had soul ties to Delilah. He kept on allowing her back in and eventually he became “glued” to her. Finally, Samson gave in, and told Delilah the secret to his strength:
So he told her everything. “No razor has ever been used on my head,” he said, “because I have been a Nazirite dedicated to God from my mother’s womb. If my head were shaved, my strength would leave me, and I would become as weak as any other man.” [Judges 16:17]
He allowed Delilah in and she eventually overpowered him. Samson was strong, but he relied on his own strength and the word tells us that apart from the Lord we are not able. Samson relied on himself and in the end his strength actually became weakness.
Three things we can learn from Samson: 1. Be careful to think we are standing, because we are not susceptible to falling; always be on guard. 2.What we allow in our lives, will eventually dominate 3. A soul tie, that is not God alone, will eventually lead to our demise.
Although in the end Samson's strength was depleated, God granted him one last request:
Then Samson prayed to the Lord, “Sovereign Lord, remember me. Please, God, strengthen me just once more, and let me with one blow get revenge on the Philistines for my two eyes.” Then Samson reached toward the two central pillars on which the temple stood. Bracing himself against them, his right hand on the one and his left hand on the other, Samson said, “Let me die with the Philistines!” Then he pushed with all his might, and down came the temple on the rulers and all the people in it. Thus he killed many more when he died than while he lived. [Judges 16:28-30]
Once again, although Samson had to pay the consequences of his actions, God still gave him a redemptive chance and Samson ended up killing more Philistines in the end than when he lived. At the end of it all, God will always operate out of grace and mercy over judgement!
Right now, I invite you to take a moment out of your day and ask the Lord to illuminate any soul ties in your life. Ask Him to replace them with more of HIM, and that He would be your soul's sole anchor. May He be the source of your strength at all times. Amen!