This is my story - Samson & Delilah
Good morning, sisters. We’re so thankful you’re taking the time to focus in on the Father with us today. We pray that as you read this Old Testament story, the eyes of your heart will be opened even more to the God who never changes and the extraordinary plan He has for your life.
Grab your Bible or use this link to read through Judges chapters 13-16. We have chosen some key passages and verses for this devotional, but we encourage you to read through these chapters for the big picture and powerful story of Samson.
“A certain man of Zorah, named Manoah, from the clan of the Danites, had a wife who was childless, unable to give birth. The angel of the Lord appeared to her and said, “You are barren and childless, but you are going to become pregnant and give birth to a son. Now see to it that you drink no wine or other fermented drink and that you do not eat anything unclean. You will become pregnant and have a son whose head is never to be touched by a razor because the boy is to be a Nazirite, dedicated to God from the womb. He will take the lead in delivering Israel from the hands of the Philistines.”
“The woman gave birth to a boy and named him Samson. He grew and the Lord blessed him, and the Spirit of the Lord began to stir him while he was in Mahaneh Dan, between Zorah and Eshtaol.”
“Now his father went down to see the woman. And there Samson held a feast, as was customary for young men. When the people saw him, they chose thirty men to be his companions.”
The story of Samson is a story of rebellion and redemption. It begins with God commanding Samson’s mother to raise him as a Nazirite. This meant 3 core things: He could never drink alcohol, he could never touch anything dead, and he could never cut his hair. If he lived his life within the confines of these rules, God’s supernatural strength and blessing would be upon him. Guess what? He failed in every single one of these areas (and more). While we witness some truly incredible things accomplished by Samson, what we really see here is a man who gradually took his eyes off of the Lord, setting him on a course destined for failure, rather than for the power and anointing God had ordained for him. We also see whispers of a loving God who will redeem any situation, even to the very end.
We all have a call on our lives (Ephesians 4:1-3). We are all set apart (Romans 12:2). Each of us anointed to do great things (1 John 2:27). Much like Samson, everyone has a destiny just waiting to be filled. And much like Samson, our ability to continually recognize and follow the calling on our life can easily be clouded by the people that we surround ourselves with. If Samson had surrounded himself with God-honoring people who wanted to encourage him in his journey, this story may have ended very differently. But, step-by-step, he turned his gaze toward earthly things. Much like Peter taking his eyes off of Jesus as he walked on top of the waves, Samson sunk. Not only did he lack the strength of character to keep his eyes on God, but he lacked the strength of a healthy community backing him.
There is a powerful end to this difficult story. Samson lost everything that mattered to him: his family, his friends, his wife, his accomplishments, his sight and his strength. Yet, lets look at Judges 16:22: “but his hair, though cut off, began to grow again.” God will never give up on you, sister. Nothing in the universe can separate us from God’s redeeming love. Let’s vow together to be women who lift each other up and who help carry the load that can become so heavy on our own.
Who are the people that are sitting at your table? Are they honest friends or are they liars? Are they cheering you on toward victory or do they see you as competition and hope for you to sink? Do they challenge you to walk a righteous path or do they let you live your life without holding you accountable? Seek godly counsel and surround yourself with women who will sharpen you and remind you of your calling when life gets hard.
What kind of friend are you? When you seek God in every area of your life, you will bear fruit. This will enable you with wisdom to speak strength and integrity into the lives of those around you.
P.s. We’d love to hear from you during this series! If God is stirring something in you, tag us on instagram or facebook and share. We would love to share what God is doing in all of our lives and encourage the women in our world with the ways God is encouraging us!