A Samson and Delilah Kind of Love

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We all, for the most part, are familiar with the (love) story of Samson and Delilah found in the book of Judges.  What is it though, that we can take away from yielding to temptation found in the 16th chapter?

blackwhiteredrosesWhat do we do with the Samson’s and Delilah’s in our own lives?

Samson is no doubt, one of history’s strongest men.  God instilled in him the invincible Spirit of the Lord from which he found his strength and power to deliver himself from any predicament that he found himself in.  His astonishing physical abilities were unmatched by his moral qualities.  He was vulnerable to temptation, easily fooled, and failed to realize the danger behind those set out to destroy his power.  As Christians, we can apply this to our own lives in assuming that the superficial, outward appearances are all we need to protect us from the dangers of temptation.  We think that because we have invited the Holy Spirit into our lives that we too are invincible to attack, inevitable downfalls, and life impacting consequences.  Samson was physically capable to overpower his enemies yet, he was incredibly weak when it came to temptation.  The outward man of strength was hiding the inward man of vulnerability.

What about Delilah? She was gifted with persistence and knew just how to get what she wanted.  She appealed to Samson through emotions, and the dance begins as we see in Judges 16:4, which says,

“Entice him, and find out where his great strength lies, and by what means we may overpower him, that we may bind him to afflict him”…

How many times in our lives do we think that we have the power to handle a situation in our own strength, mind and abilities, let our guard down, and find ourselves separated from the source of our strength, the Holy Spirit?

valentines heart balloon 1In our relationships, we tend to set our eyes on that which is outwardly attractive.  We think we can handle the temptation on our own and wrestle with our moral conscience which says, “don’t do this”, “they’re not good for you”, “they look like trouble” and yet, we ignore all of that because our ego kicks in overdrive and we go out on our own………

  • We date the boy or the girl that we should not
  • We have lunch or dinner with that co-worker of the opposite sex
  • We have that one drink to toast that one great achievement with someone we know we should not entertain in a place that we know we should not be
  • We let the temptation we face have a voice that says, “you can stop whenever you want to”

We fall vulnerable to the temptations, step away from the source of our strength, and fall prey to that which seeks to destroy us.

Samson’s life shows us valuable lessons about temptation:

  • Strength and success do not make us immune to temptation
  • Temptation returns wherever it finds success
  • Flirting with temptation is almost certain defeat

Delilah’s persistence in wanting to find the source of Samson’s strength is seen in Judges 16:6-14, “please tell me where your strength lies, and with what you may be bound” she pleads…….and in verse 15 we see how the dance between them ends in a lie.  Samson had lied to Delilah three times, and Delilah had shown three times that she was willing to betray him all for the price of silver.

She asks in verse 15, “how can you say that you love me?”  Both were supposedly in love with each other.  Whatever these two had going on, it absolutely was not love.

There’s a song, Lookin’ for Love, that describes what this kind of love looks like and the lyrics go like this:

Well, I’ve spent a lifetime lookin’ for you;
singles bars and good time lovers were never true.
Playin’ a fools game hopin’ to win; 
and tellin’ those sweet lies and losin’ again.
I was lookin’ for love in all the wrong places,
Lookin’ for love in too many faces,
searchin’ their eyes and lookin’ for traces
of what I’m dreamin’ of.
Hopin’ to find a friend and a lover;
I’ll bless the day I discover 
another heart lookin’ for love.
And I was alone then, no love in sight;
and I did ev’rything I could to get me though the night.
Don’t know where it started or where it might end;
I turned to a stranger just like a friend.
I was lookin’ for love in all the wrong places,
Lookin’ for love in too many faces,
searchin’ their eyes and lookin’ for traces
of what…

February is a constant reminder of love, either what we had, have now, or hope for, valentine's heart balloon 2which means temptation is everywhere.  Be on guard for the physical package of a Samson and a persistent package of a Delilah.  The temptation to fall prey to your emotions will be relentless as the messages to find love, even for just a fleeting moment (or month) will bombard you.

Remember where your source of strength lies, as a Christian, it’s in the invincible Spirit of the Lord.  This month of Valentine’s Day and love, love, love, remember what’s important:

Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking nor easily angered. It keeps no record of wrong. Love takes no pleasure in evil but rejoices in truth (1 Corinthians 13:4-6).