The surprising news of a long awaited child would send any woman into celebration, but the angel of the Lord gave Manoah’s wife some very specific commands. She was told what they were to eat or drink in preparation for the conception and birth of the child. The boy, Samson, was meant to be a Nazirite of God from birth until the day of his death (Judges 13:7). Manoah and his wife raised the boy exactly as they were instructed by the angel. However, Samson grew to be very strong, attractive, and careless. He fell in love with Delilah, who tricked him into revealing the source of his strength. A little nagging on her part and too much confidence in his own heart amounted to a very sad outcome. Samson succumbed to Delilah’s questioning and revealed the source of his strength. And when his hair was cut while he slept, he was seized by his enemies. Delilah ultimately collected eleven hundred shekels of silver from the Philistines for unveiling Samson’s secret. Eyes gouged out, Samson became a helpless prisoner of the Philistines. Because of his disobedience and carelessness, the power of the Lord had left him. Each day, we too are faced with situations that put our hearts at risk of falling out of God’s will. We must be careful and faithful to our calling, trusting more in Him and less in ourselves, so we can be victorious.
“Lord God, You have created us for Your pleasure. Help us to have the strength to say ‘no’ to those things that can come between us and You. May our strength always lie in the confidence that You are near and that You are all that we need.”
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