TUESDAY, APRIL 26, 2011
"Samson went down." Jdg 14:1 NKJV
Samson lost everything because of: (1) Wrong relationships. When God says no to a relationship He's not being punitive, He's being protective. "But I feel so good when I'm with them," you say. God sees where the road leads, you don't! It's better to want what you don't have, than end up with what you can't handle. (2) Willful disobedience. Three times we read, "Samson went down." The third time it was to Delilah! So, is this relationship taking you up or down? The poet wrote, "My old companions fare thee well; I will not go with thee to hell." The Bible says "Samson went down" to Timnath and married a Philistine girl, breaking God's law. And even though she betrayed him "the Spirit of the Lord came upon him mightily, and he went down to Ashkelon and killed thirty of their men" (Jdg 14:19 NKJV). Perhaps Samson thought God would excuse him because he was "special." No, "He who is often rebuked, and hardens his neck, will suddenly be destroyed" (Pr 29:1 NKJV). Repent, before you run out of time! (3) Misplaced confidence. "[Delilah] said, 'The Philistines are upon you, Samson!' So he awoke...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. Then the Philistines took him and put out his eyes, and brought him down" (Jdg 16:20-21 NKJV). When God's blessing is no longer upon what you're doing, it's time to realize: (a) that there's sin in your life and you must deal with it; (b) that the secret of your strength is in God, not you.
Published on Tuesday, April 26, 2011 @ 6:06 AM CDT