We’ve gone through a tough time in 2020 and 2021. For quite a while, at least here in America, most churches were closed. I live in Washington state and in Washington state, they closed most of the churches for at least six months.
Maybe you’ve fallen away from going to church during that time, and maybe you’ve even fallen away from God and from Jesus a little bit. Maybe you just let life come in the way. And if you have, I understand that.
I won’t say that I’ve gone through it, I haven’t been a Christian that long; I don’t know if I’ve had a chance to fall away yet. Not to say that I never will.
But if you’re listening to this, and that has happened to you… I’m really feeling led to say this, so maybe you’re reading this now and that’s you.
Maybe the church you used to go to doesn’t even exist anymore, and you don’t know where to go.
I’d like to talk to you about the story of Samson. And yes, the story of Samson is known by a lot of people, but maybe not in the way that I’m going to talk about it today.
The story of Samson starts in Judges 13, and it actually covers several chapters of judges.
But Judges 13:5 specifically says, no razor shall come upon his head for the child shall be a Nazirite to God from the womb, and he shall begin to save Israel from the hand of the Philistines.
So Samson meets Delilah. And in Judges 16:1 Samson went into a prostitute, and then he meets Delilah. And it says after this, he loved a woman in the valley of Sorek, whose name was Delilah.
I’m not sure if Delilah was a prostitute or not, but she was a Philistine. They weren’t married, but Samson loved her, and so he was with her.
Then the Philistines went to Delilah and they said that they wanted to find out where his power came from. So they offered her 1100 pieces of silver, a lot of money, just to find out where his source of power was.
And if you know about the story of Samson and Delilah, she says all these different things to try to get him to reveal his secret. She basically bugs and bugs him to tell her. He lies to her the first few times.
For instance, once he says if he is bound a certain way he won’t be able to get loose.
So then she binds him then screams that the Philistines are coming in. He breaks his bonds and runs out there to see where they are.
And I think Samson had a lot of vanity, because after the second time of her doing that, I would have caught on that she was doing something underhanded; that she was trying to do something.
So I’m pretty sure that he knew what she was doing. Finally, she bugged him so much that he told her that his hair has never been cut and that it can’t ever be cut. In Judges 16:17, he finally tells her the truth. He says a razors never been never come up on my head. And if my head is shaved, my strength will leave me and I shall become weak and be like any other man.
I think that he believed that his strength was his strength, not the strength of God. I think his vanity made him think that his strength would stay whether his hair was cut or not.
So Delilah cuts his hair and God takes His gifts away from Samson.
But I don’t think it’s because Delilah cut his hair. I don’t even think it’s because he told Delilah that that was where his strength came from.
I believe his downfall was because Samson truly believed that getting his hair cut wouldn’t make any difference because he was strong enough to do anything. And I believe that because of what happens later on.
In Judges 16:28, Samson calls to the Lord and says, God, please remember me, please strengthen me only this once God that I may be avenged on the Philistines. He’s asking for God’s help and he’s acknowledging God as his Savior.
So he’s got his vanity, but he’s going against his vanity and acknowledging who the real source of his power is. And he’s praying to God again, finally, and what happens? God gives him the strength to knock down the temple and to kill everybody in it, which also included him.
But that doesn’t mean that we have to die. When we acknowledge that God is the source of our power, and the source of our strength, and basically the source of everything, God will give us even more; God will bless us even more.
I urge you today to take that next step in trusting God, however it might be that God is urging you to trust Him, whatever way it might be. There are all sorts of different ways.
If you don’t know what way that is, spend some time in prayer and meditation. I say both prayer and meditation because, quite often (and I do this myself a lot), I’ll pray to God; I’ll thank him; I’ll go to sleep.
I won’t spend time in meditation waiting for God to answer me. And God usually does answer me. He’s very patient with me and I’m very glad because I need that.
But spend some time in meditation after you pray, waiting for God’s answer. Now God’s answer might be to wait, or not now. Or it might even be no.
We don’t know God’s ways.
That doesn’t mean that we stop praying, and it doesn’t mean we stop meditating and waiting for him to answer us.
Sometimes we need to wait because God’s preparing someone else to get to the right level, so that they can come into our lives and make the change that needs to be made.
But that doesn’t mean that we don’t pray and we don’t meditate. I urge you at least once a day, more if you can, pray. Pray to God. Ask him his will in your life.
Ask him to show you his blessings where you can be more faithful to him in which areas, and then meditate for a while.
I can’t tell you how long, but meditate for a while and see if he will answer you. And if he doesn’t do it, then do it again the next day. Eventually God will show you where that is.
And it will probably start small and work its way up. That’s how it happened in my life. It’s kind of like layers of an onion, like Shrek would say, for those of you that are Shrek fans and like a I’ve told you I watch a lot of movies.
But it’s like layers of an onion. God will start at just the outer layer. And as we peel each layer away, he gets more and more closer to the core of what’s really going on inside of us. And he will do that with you just like he’s done it with me. Thanks for reading this episode of Simple Christians, talk to you next time.
Dr. Ty Belknap