Please read Judges 16-18, and head on back. Let’s see what we get into today! Are you finding that reading the Word daily is helping you understand better? I hope so! Let’s stay close to our Father God by getting familiar with His character through His Word!
Delilah made no secret of what she was doing and the motive behind it:
“Delilah said to Samson, ‘Tell me, dear, the secret of your great strength, and how you can be tied up and humbled’ ” (Judges 16:6 MSG)
From the first time she asked Samson for his secret, she said why she wanted to know: to make him weak. He still entertained conversation with her, and eventually lost the ability to hear from God – the Word said that he didn’t know that God had left him.
“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. Then she said, ‘The Philistines are on you, Samson!” He woke up, thinking, “I’ll go out, like always, and shake free.’ He didn’t realize that God had abandoned him” (Judges 16:19-20 MSG)
How sad – that’s the bigger loss here, bigger than losing his strength: losing the presence of the Lord. Don’t miss it, don’t skim: “he didn’t realize that God had abandoned him“. This can happen to us. God doesn’t abandon us, but we lose the ability to hear His precious voice if we allow voices of others to be more important than the voice of God in our lives.