Have you ever said something only to later learn what you said was incredibly misinformed? A few years ago I bounded into the church office and everyone in the room was somber and instead of finding out what was going on, I spouted out, “Who died?” A church employee had died that day and I felt horrible for what I said.
To unknowingly say or do something wrong is an awful place to be in. However when sin is left unchecked we ultimately find ourselves in a situation where we don’t even know right from wrong anymore. I feel like that’s what happened to Samson.
I love the story of Samson! His sheer strength and destruction of his enemies makes me feel a certain level of adrenaline. Like I too could take the jawbone of a donkey and slaughter an army!
Without going into too much detail, Samson pretty consistently did things he really wasn’t supposed to do. From eating honey out of a dead animal, to marrying foreign women, his eyes seemed to be constantly drawn toward the forbidden.
And things for the most part worked out ok for him. Even though his disobedience got him into some sticky situations, God used those situations to hurt the enemies of Israel.
This is where deception really starts to play it’s game. We sin, and it seems like there are no consequences. Sometimes we don’t experience immediate consequences to our sin, but prolonged disobedience always has consequences.
Samson’s disobedience finally begins catching up to him with the famous story of Delilah. Over and over she asks him for the secret of his strength. Over and over Samson lies only to find that Delilah tried to trap him by doing the very thing he had said and setting the philistine’s upon him. Of course Samson easily defeated them.
Why did Samson go along with this? Was he so cocky that he found it funny? I honestly don’t know, but eventually he got tired of her games. Tragically instead of fleeing from her enticing words, Samson told her the secret of his strength was in his hair, and just like before she did what he said and set the philistines upon him. Only this time his strength had left him and he fell into the hands of his enemy
Judges 16:20-21 (NLT) Then she cried out, “Samson! The Philistines have come to capture you!” When he woke up, he thought, “I will do as before and shake myself free.” But he didn’t realize the Lord had left him. So the Philistines captured him and gouged out his eyes.
I think this is one of the most tragic verses in the Bible. He didn’t realize the Lord had left him.
This is exactly what happens to us. We allow little areas of disobedience in our lives and if left unattended to, they grow and little by little our heart falls away from God, until one day we realize we can’t feel His presence at all and we wonder what happened.
The philistines gouged out Samson’s eyes, but he was spiritually blind, long before he was physically blind. (we will talk more about spiritual blindness next week)
Are there areas you might be blind in today? Maybe there are some things that you’ve allowed in your life that at one time you would have identified as wrong, but now you’ve become ok with.
I pray today that the Lord would reveal areas of compromise and ignite a passion inside of you to live a life of uncompromising conviction. Let’s burn out all the things that even slightly distract us from our pursuit of God.
I know I have some work to do in my life, let’s move forward together and pursue Jesus with unbridled abandon!