Read Judges 16:1-9
4. Fall of Samson. In this chapter of Judges, Samson was spending the night with a prostitute. The people of the area sought to kill him. However, Samson got up in the middle of the night and destroyed the city gates.
Samson fell in love with a woman by the name of Delilah. She was promised a great deal of money, if she could get the secret to Samson’s strength. She worked with the leaders of the Philistines to bring Samson down.
- God always sees. Notice in vs. 2 that someone saw Samson at the prostitute’s house. First, we should strive to live right everywhere we go. Someone normally sees us, even when we think no one is looking. Second, God always sees.
If we can hide from people, we still cannot hide from God. Let’s live like we believe that God sees all that we do. Such living should be known for our striving to live obediently to God’s will, no matter where we are.
- God’s mysterious ways. Notice in vss. 2-3 that while people were waiting to kill Samson, Samson got up and caused all kinds of trouble for the ungodly people.
First, the devil can use people to hide and seek our destruction, when we are completely unaware of what is going on. This is why are elders talked about God bringing us through dangers seen and “unseen.”
Second, the great display of strength and endurance is evidence that God gave Samson the strength. While many of us would have been stuck on him being at a prostitute’s house, God was still working in and through Samson. We should be careful about dismissing those whom God is still using.
Third, the people who were stressed by Samson’s destructive work were the ungodly Philistines. God used Samson to bring pain in the lives of the ungodly.
As strange as this chapter of Judges is, we should spend more time making sure that we are right with God than trying to explain why God did what He did and the way He did it. Let’s work on being right with God and trusting God to work things out for His people.
- Our company and attitudes. Notice in vs. 4 that Samson had a problem with women, but God kept on using Him. First, we should guard who we spend time with, so we don’t fall in love with the wrong people.
Falling in love is a common danger that should be replaced with nurturing our love in those we believe to be gifts from God.
Second, with all of Samson’s faults, God kept on using him. As noted above, we should be careful about dismissing those whom God is still using. Let’s work on making godly decisions about our company and attitudes toward sinful leaders.
- Trusting God. Notice in vss. 5-6 that the devil can use even those we love to bring us down. Our ultimate trust should always be in the Lord and not in people. The people who love you today can hate you on tomorrow.
Let’s work on trusting God much more than people. Who we trust is made evident by who we obey, who we turn to in our times of need, and who we behave as if we cannot live without.
- All money is not good money. Notice in vs. 6 that Delilah was promised a great deal of money to destroy Samson. First, to Delilah’s credit, she was not a woman of God and the text says that Samson loved her. It doesn’t say that she loved him.
In like manner, we should not be surprised by what people who are not saved and growing in the Lord do. That is why evangelism and edification is so important.
Second, as saved people we should not allow people to buy us. When we stand before the Lord, we will have to give an account for our lives. We should be known for traits like honesty and love, not just for the people’s sake but because of our relationship with God.
If we are not really feeling the person, getting out of the relationship is better than playing games for the sake of money. Let’s work on having godly relationships.
- Relationship dealings. Notice in vss. 7-9 that Samson seems to test Delilah with a lie. First, it is good to allow people to prove themselves faithful with small things before you give them larger things. This is true in relationships, leadership development, and even business transactions.
Second, as believers we should avoid lying. Samson should have tested in a way that did not call for him lying to Delilah. Let’s work on being wise in our relationship dealings.
Conclusion: Let’s work on being obedient, instead of disobedient. God has much for those who obey His will.