Judges 16:17 That he told her all his heart, and said unto her, There hath not come a razor upon mine head; for I have been a Nazarite unto God from my mother’s womb: if I be shaven, then my strength will go from me, and I shall become weak, and be like any other man.
What was it that gave Samson his extraordinary strength? As we read this story, we so often look and say, “It was his hair.” After all, it was when they cut his hair that he lost his strength, right? Well, I think this was just the last straw that broke the camel’s back, so to say. Did the haircut cause him to lose his strength? NO, not really. So, if not the haircut, then just what was it?
It was a life of disobedience. Having his haircut was only one of the things he was not to do. He had broken all the Nazarite vows that came along with the blessing of his super-natural strength. He had done everything that his vows would forbid him from doing. So where did Samson begin to lose his strength? I believe you will find the answer to that in Judges 14:1 when he wandered off into the world and showed a disregard for God by desiring to marry a pagan wife of the Philistines. It all went downhill from there. His strength left him as the result of his final act of disobedience that came when his hair was cut. However, it might never have happened had he not played with the fire of disobedience to begin with.
What areas of the world are we playing in today? Is it taking away the strength of our testimony? We, like Samson might not see it or feel it at first, but eventually it can blind to sin, and leave us weak and with little power over the sins of this world. What can we do to protect ourselves? In 2 Corinthians 6:17 it says, “…come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord,” Therein is our strength, our strength is in the Lord.
THROUGH THE BIBLE ACCELERATED READING (O.T.-1/N.T. & PS.-2/Prov.-Monthly)
Judges 15, 16 / Psalm 102:1-17 / Proverbs 29 / 2 Corinthians 6, 70
THROUGH THE BIBLE OLD & NEW TESTAMENT DAILY
1 Samuel 9-11 / Luke 18:1-30
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