He Didn’t Know!
“And she said, “The Philistines are upon you, Samson!” And he awoke from his sleep and said, “I will go out as at other times and shake myself free.” But he did not know that the Lord had left him.”
– Judges 16:20
The story of Samson is one of my favorite parts of the Bible. Samson is a prideful, opinionated, and hot-tempered man, but God was still able to use him.
As a Kids Pastor, I love sharing this story with kids, but I have found there is some confusion about Samson and his life when Delilah comes on the scene…and not because of what you might think. While telling this story, I once had a kid ask, “Why would Samson tell her the truth about his hair, if he knew she was trying to hurt him”. At the time, I wasn’t too sure, but then I saw the words in Judges 16:20.
Delilah had tried three times to discover the truth of Samson’s strength. Three times she did what he said, three times the Philistines failed, and three times Delilah threw a fit about Samson’s lies when her plot to harm him for money was unsuccessful. So why would Samson tell the truth about where his power came from?
I submit to you that Samson didn’t know. He thought he was lying again. Look at his words in Judges 16:20. Samson thought he would go out and beat up the Philistines just like he had three times before. It’s those last 11 words that are a surprise. Samson did not know that the Lord had left him. All throughout the book, we see the Spirit of the Lord come over Samson whenever a great feat of strength was needed to accomplish God’s mission, but here we see Samson unaware that the Spirit of the Lord isn’t showing up this time. Why? Well, don’t forget that sin has consequences, and lying is a sin.
What if he had told the truth? “I’m a Nazarite, set aside for something special by God. My strength comes from Him and there is nothing that can take that strength from me.” But he didn’t say that. He lied again and said his strength was in his hair. Sure, he told her he was set aside by God for something special, but he attributed the strength he gained from God to his hair. He lied again, and there were consequences.
As we are getting further into this unprecedented season of life, more and more of the good is beginning to show up. Hope is starting to return, along with gyms and restaurants. Let’s not forget to give praise where praise is due. Yes, we have hopefully flattened the curve, but God has been with us through this time. He didn’t say “Alright, the virus is here. I’ll be back. See you on the other side.” He has led us through this virus, and not around this virus. Let’s make sure we give Him all the well-deserved praise for what He has done.
Pray: God, thank you for leading me and my family through this difficult time. I don’t pretend to understand everything, but I know that you are in control. Thank you for loving me and guiding me. Help me to see You through the good and the bad in my life.
First Baptist Broken Arrow