Samson Part 3: Wisdom

In Part 3 of Samson, were going to discuss wisdom. Part 1 talked about wasted potential. Then in part 2, focus was discussed. To see those blog posts go here: Part 1, Part 2

Judges 16 goes through the exchange between Delilah and Samson. To give a quick overview, the Philistines come to Delilah and want her to find out what the source of Samson’s strength is. Judges 16:7, Samson says if they bind me with seven green withs that were never dried. Then he tells her in 16:11 if they bind me fast with new ropes that never were occupied. The third time, Judges 16:13, Samson tells Delilah if though weavest the seven locks of my head with the web. Finally, in Judges 16:17 he tells her the truth: That he told her all his heart, and said unto her, There hath not come a rasor 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.

Each of these times, Delilah told the information that Samson had told her, to the Philistines and they tried it. I would like to think that if I told where my strength came from and then the enemy got that info and tried it to kill me, I wouldn’t be dumb enough to tell the person that just asked me what my source of strength was. Maybe Samson was asked a lot about where his strength came from. He could have told all sorts of people the same things as he told Delilah. When you tell a person three times what the source of your weakness is, and the enemy tries it on you; I would think you would start wondering who is giving them this information. The fourth time is what set him on the path of death.

As I mentioned in Part 2, we have to be careful who we associate with. We need to seek wisdom from God. The people that surround us, have the most influence in our lives. We need to ask God for wisdom with who we choose as friends. Those individuals can dictate how we serve the Lord, no matter what our intentions are.

I would think at some point Samson was wondering, why does she keep asking me what my source of strength is. We’ve all been there, where we’ve been in situations where the circumstances don’t seem quite right. That’s when we need to be asking God for wisdom.

As discussed in Part 1 and 2, Samson took a Philistine as his wife, even though God had forbid mixed marriage. All that did is start the fall of Samson’s life. We need to seek God’s wisdom in who we marry. Choosing the wrong person, can cause a lifetime of misery. Choosing the right person will lead to a lifetime of serving the Lord together and that can bring joy in your life even when troubles come.

The main point, we should always be asking God for wisdom in every aspect of our life. Too many times we get caught up with our lives and our wants and don’t seek God’s wisdom to guide us through the challenges we face every day. Samson was more concerned about his wants. Besides praying for wisdom, we should be praying that God changes our heart to be after his will, not ours, so we don’t end up like Samson.

Samson: Part 1 Wasted Potential

For the next few days I want to talk about Samson, and how we should strive not to be like him. Sure, as men, we would all like to have his strength, but he had some major character problems, that we should be on the outlook in our lives to make sure we don’t have or to correct.for

For, lo, thou shalt conceive, and bear a son: and no rasor shall come on his head: for the child shall be a Nazarite unto God from the womb: and he shall begin to deliver Israel out of the hand of the Philistines.–Judges 13:5

From the beginning, Samson was called by God to be of the highest example, a Nazarite. Nazarite means to set apart and dedicated wholly to the Lord. The law of a Nazarite can be found in Numbers 6. They were to separate themselves from alcohol, have nothing from a vine tree, refrain from cutting their hair, not be around any dead bodies, and be holy unto the Lord. Yes, a couple of these seem a little odd, but it was so they were physically and mentally separated from the general population and could be pointed out by others. As Christians, our lives should be different from the world and it should be easily pointed out.

Samson was also a judge. Judges were leaders in the tribe of Israel, either in the tribe or even the whole of Israel. Samson, was set to have a lot of potential, we was in a place for God to use him greatly. Samson was judge of Israel for 20 years (Judges 15:20). During the 20 years of being judge of Israel, Samson never succeeded in delivering the people from the rule of the Philistines. He only had sporadic exploits against them. To cut to the chase, Samson wasted his potential.

Many times in our life, we waste the potential we have to serve God. We waste the gifts given to us sometimes out of fear, other times it’s because we are not following God’s call in our lives like Samson. Samson got caught up wanting to be friendly with his nations oppressors (Philistines). He did not seek the Lord in wisdom, he was looking at the wrong perspective, and eventually the Lord left him due to not following God’s will. Those are the points I will be discussing in the next few blog posts.

God has so much in store for us. He has plans on using us, but we don’t let him. We get scared, we want to stay in the world, we say we will take action when the time is right. I’ve been talking more about spirituality, but this is the same in everything we do. People have so much potential and they waste it. They get scared, they get wrapped up with the wrong people, they get caught up in drugs, etc; and that potential never gets used.

The ones that seem to have the most potential are the ones that seem to get caught up in something, where that potential is not used. At some point God will get tired of dealing with our stubbornness and quit blessing us. God doesn’t need us to carry out his will, but we do need God. Samson had the ability to be a great leader and do great things for God, but he went his own way. We need to be careful that we don’t do the same thing Samson did and waste our potential.