Then she lulled him to sleep on her knees, and called for a man and had him shave off the seven locks of his head. Then she began to torment him, and his strength left him. And she said, “The Philistines are upon you, Samson!” So he awoke from his sleep, and said, “I will go out as before, at other times, and shake myself free!” But he did not know that the Lord had departed from him. Judges 16:19-20 NKJV
This is an amazing scripture which depicts properly how a man of God thinks that he is with God, even as he is playing with sin. Samson’s birth was a miracle. His mother was barren, but an angel appeared to her and said she would give birth to a son. He was to be a Nazirite all his life. Nazirites took a vow to abstain from wine and grapes, to not cut their hair or beard, and to avoid contact with dead bodies. They were called to be set apart from the world for God. To be set apart from the world is a concept that seems to have lost its true meaning in modern society. Conversely, to be set apart is woven throughout the Bible. You have Adam and Eve set apart in the Garden. Noah and his family set apart in the Ark. Abraham was called out to create a set apart nation. Daniel was set apart in captivity. Jesus set apart twelve to be his disciples. Samson was set apart to be a judge, while the Philistines ravaged Israel in its spiritual weakness.
Samson was set apart by God before he was even conceived, but he desired a life of compromise. He has chosen women before, and was drawn by worldly attractions. These attraction always created difficulties and dilemmas for him. He also failed to learn from his past mistakes. He stayed with Delilah even though she repeatedly tried to have him captured. It was as if he still wanted the pleasure of the world, to be close with it. Samson was playing with a woman he thought he loved. He was playing with sin. He has become complacent with His call.
The voice of Delilah enchanted Samson to fall asleep. Her words were sweet to his ears; even though the scripture says she tormented him in order for his strength to leave him. Her desire was to creep in to his soul. When he awoke, he remembered what was yesterday, how yesterday the enemy ran from him. Yesterday he killed a thousand with the jawbone, yesterday he carried walls on his shoulders, today- he can do the same. Alas, today… he failed to realize; God left him today.
In our time, it seems that numerous saintly men have fallen and lie abound without possible resistance to sin. Today, we live in a culture of sensuality that encourages self-indulgence and flaunting of the Ten Commandments. Many congregations of Christ have visibly left the “ancient paths” of Biblical practice. And one of the most obvious areas of our downfall is the pervasive absence of zeal—zeal based on knowledge, that is. In other words, complacency has enveloped far too many modern churches. We have become slothful, habitual, uninspired—doing what we do often for traditional reasons rather than because it’s best. Even today the church of Christ appears to be like foolish children, flirting with sin. We temporarily fall under noxious influence of overconfidence, pride, arrogance, hidden sins. Many, as before are passionate with sin, giving themselves in to the arms of Satan as Samson gave himself in to the arms of Dalilah. They open the secrets of their strength, the covenant with God. The seven locks on Samson head is a symbol of Gods Covenant with Samson. Deprived of this divine completeness, an Israelite Judge has become as one of the people: vulnerable and powerless. Yesterday’s victories are no more; today is only full of bitterness and disappointments.
Accordingly, our future is defined by many circumstances. I would humbly submit my friends, that the most important thing is our attitude towards Gods gifts, which defines the purpose of our life. If we neglect our election to be set apart, we would then, comprehend the shameful fate of Samson. The choice of paths largely depends on us, and the fruits of our labors will be visible in our tomorrows. What determines our futures; bright futures if you will?
Jesus was clear when he called us to completely die to ourselves. It is only when we die to ourselves that we truly find all that God has set us apart for. Compromise with the world will only lead us to destruction. Renew your mind daily Paul the apostle reminds us. Consecrate yourself before the Lord daily. AS you start the day, the day will be. If you run to God first thing in the morning, then you will walk the rest of the day with God.
How do you start your day? Do you hurriedly get out of bed and barely make it out the door on time? Do you turn on the TV? Do you go exercise? Whatever your morning routine may be, the most important question you need to ask yourself is, “What role does God play when I start my day?”
It took me a lot of years to figure this out, but I now know that the very best way to start my day is by giving thanks to God for what He’s done for me and asking Him how I can be a blessing to other people.
I encourage you to spend time each morning focusing on the good things God has done in your life. Think about the dangers and difficulties He’s brought you through, the ways He’s healed you and changed you, and how good it is to know He cares for you and hears your prayers. Spend time with God before you start the hassle of your routines; Be spiritually-minded by thinking and meditating on the word of God every morning.
When you learn to set your mind on God each morning, He’ll give you all the peace and joy you need to live for Him as you go about the rest of your day.
Make a decision today to pursue God first thing when you get up every morning. Nothing is more important than seeking Him and receiving His peace and joy for the rest of the day, month, year.
I rise before dawn and cry for help. I put my hope in your words. My eyes stay open through the night watches, that I might meditate on your word. Hear my voice according to your loving kindness. Revive me, Lord, according to your ordinances. Psalms 119: 147-149 WMB
Now, Father, Your word says what we bind on earth will be bound in heaven and what we loose on earth will be loosed in heaven. Today, the enemy has been bound and the power of God has been turned loose. Turned loose to seek you and hear you, turned loose to be concentrated in faith for you, turned loose to heal, turned loose to provide, turned loose to protect, turned loose to restore. Now let this blessing fall upon Your people and let them begin to shake this earth with the power of prayer and with a mighty triumphant song of praise. Let them seek you and heed your call to be set apart For You, and You alone! You alone are the One who is worthy and we, your Bride, are the Church triumphant with you and through you. In Jesus’ mighty name, I pray and say amen and amen!