Inside of every human being, there is an alter ego like Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. Authors of the Bible refer to this as a sinful nature, the invisible force that persuaded a son to become a prodigal. Regardless of how stable you may be, thoughts of rebellion occasionally drift in and out of minds. For those who eventually embrace this concept, to ignore the advice of family, friends or guardians, you abandon those who care about you the most. Nonetheless, disappointment, frustration or narcissism influences some to leave their previous life to start all over again.
After this he fell in love with a [Philistine] woman [living] in the Valley of Sorek, whose name was Delilah. 5 So the [five] lords (governors) of the Philistines came to her and said to her, “Persuade him, and see where his great strength lies and [find out] how we may overpower him so that we may bind him to subdue him, Judges 16:4-5.
On the other hand, there are other people who haven’t done anything wrong. Yet, due to a series of accidents, mishaps and trials, these individuals get the feeling that God has abandoned them. These emotions can lead to justification as minds ponder, “well if God left me, why should I stick around?” Meanwhile, love has a strange way of changing human beings. When you meet or see the person of your dreams, you will do everything in your power to make this relationship happen. Some may exaggerate, lie or pretend to be someone else just to win the approval of the person you love. Such is the case of Samson who ignored his parent’s advice about marrying a godly Jewish girl in favor of a Philistine named Delilah.
She said, “The Philistines are upon you, Samson!” And he awoke from his sleep and said, “I will go out as I have time after time and shake myself free.” For Samson did not know that the Lord had departed from him. 21 Then the Philistines seized him and gouged out his eyes; and they brought him down to Gaza and bound him with [two] bronze chains; and he was forced to be a grinder [of grain into flour at the mill] in the prison, Judges 16:20-21.
The longer Samson played this immature little game with his wife, any resemblance of integrity slowly disappeared. Thus, at some point, the Lord left Samson who was spiritually unaware of God’s departure. It was at this time when Delilah’s plot was successful, cutting all of his hair, the source behind Samson’s mighty strength. Subsequently, Samson was bound to two pillars, lost his ability to see and forced to be a slave, grinding flower while imprisoned. Despite this hardship, the presence of God returned according to verse 22, enabling Samson’s strength to be restored as his hair grew back.
Then Samson called to the Lord and said, “O Lord God, please remember me and please strengthen me just this one time, O God, and let me take vengeance on the Philistines for my two eyes,” Judges 16:28.
Like the prodigal in Luke 15, Samson comes to his senses. Instead of blaming God for his problems, Samson cries out to the Lord, seeking forgiveness and restoration. As a few thousand Philistine guests mocked Samson’s arrest, giving praise to their god Dagon, the Lord agrees to answer Samson’s prayer. While this meant sacrificing his own life, the Lord empowered Samson like the days of his youth, giving him the strength to carry out this mission. If there is any lesson you can take away from the life of Samson, it’s that you don’t want God to leave you alone.
by Jay Mankus