Samson Part 4: Separation

Part 1, we discussed Samson’s wasted potential. Then in Part 2, we discussed how he didn’t have the right focus. Part 3 was about how Samson didn’t have wisdom. The final part in the series on Samson, we will discuss separationfrom God.

And she said, The Philistines be upon thee, Samson. And he awoke out of his sleep, and said, I will go out as at other times before, and shake myself. And he wist not that the Lord was depart from him.–Judges 16:20

Samson’s Sin

In the three previous posts in this series we have discussed Samson’s sin. He was anointed to be a Nazarite, which means he was to be separated from the rest of the population to do God’s will. He took a wife from the enemy, he disobeyed his parents God-given instructions, he had relations with a harlot, etc. Samson was more interested in his own needs than following God. He was in a state of constant disobedience with God. Honestly, this is how our lives are. We get so focused on our desires, wants, and our own will that we don’t pay attention to what God wants.

Separation

As Judges 16:20 said, “And he wist not that the Lord was departed from him.” Samson is an example of believers that think God will remain with them and bless them, while they continually sin and are in immoral conduct. If we continually disobey God will not bless our lives. Just as parents with their children, if the child keeps disobeying, eventually the punishments get more severe. When we do sin, we need to ask forgiveness and completely move away from that sin.

How Did Samson Get To This Point?

He lost his focus on God, because he wanted to fulfill the desires of the flesh. Our fleshly desires lead us astray. They’re contrary to what God has desired for us. This is the beginning of our separation from God, because we start losing focus on Him.

Second, he started affiliating with the wrong people. The people that are in our lives every day are the ones that have a huge influence on what we do and think. We need to choose who we associate with very carefully.

Third, Samson, did not seek wisdom. Four times, he told Delilah the source of his strength, and four times the Philistines tried doing what Samson said would make him weak. We need to seek God for his wisdom, so we can stay away from these type of situations in our lives. We need to seek wisdom, so we can identify quickly when we are getting outside God’s will for us.

Samson had so much potential to do great things for Israel. Instead, he was a judge for 20 years and accomplished very little. We have all been given gifts by God to be used for his glory. Those gifts can be blessed greatly by obeying God, or those gifts can be wasted by not following God’s will. I believe that we will have to answer for that, and quite frankly, we’re going to be standing there with a bunch of excuses.

Use what God has given us. Stay focused and continue to ask for wisdom, and ask that God will show us his will, so we can glorify Him and be used for great things. As always we should be reading our Bibles and praying. This is how we keep from being separated from God.

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 2: Focus

In Part 1, I discussed how Samson wasted his potential that God had for him. Part 2, I’m going to discuss how not being focused on the right things in life can cause destruction. If you missed Part 1 of Samson, click here.

And Samson went down to Timnath, and saw a woman in Timnath of the daughters of the Philistines. And he came up, and told his father and his mother, and said, I have seen a woman in Timnath of the daughters of the Philistines: now therefore get her for me to wife. Then his father and his mother said unto him, Is there never a woman among the daughters of thy brethren, or among all my people, that thou goest to take a wife of the uncircumcised Philistines? And Samson said unto his father, Get her for me; for she pleaseth me well.–Judges 14: 1-3

Samson was blessed by the Lord, but he made errors that led to spiritual failure and actual death. He was not focused on the Word of God. He ignored God’s law concerning mixed marriages. He disregarded his parents God-given instruction in order to fulfill his own desires. He chose to enjoy the short pleasures of sin and express his human desires that were unpleasing to God. He misused the gifts that God had given him.

After his wife was killed, Samson wanted to avenge her death (Judges 15:7). His fight with the Philistines was more about anger and revenge than doing God’s will. In Judges 16:1, we see where Samson’s sexual lust got the better of him, as he took a harlot. Samson also fell into the trap of telling Delilah what the source of his strength was. I’ll talk more about that in Part 3.

As talked about in Samson Part 1, Samson wasted his potential. That potential was wasted due to not focusing on the right things in life and mainly God. It’s easy for us to fall into sin and lose our focus on God’s will for our lives, which causes us to not use what God has given us. Not having the right focus also causes God not to use us. As stated before in previous blog posts, God doesn’t need us, we need God.

So how do we not become like Samson and stay focused on God?

First, we need to be in the Bible reading every day. Being in the Bible lets us get the foundation that we need. Many times when trouble comes I remember a verse that either helps in the situation or provides some comfort. Second, we need to make sure we are praying and constantly in communication with God. This is how we let God know what our struggles are and how he tells us to handle those struggles. Third, we need to make sure we have the right people around us. So many times what we would say are good people, get caught up in the wrong crowd and end up getting away from God.

We should always be on guard, to make sure we’re not losing our focus on God. When we do, that’s when we fall. Just like when Peter took his focus off Jesus, he started to sink. We are the same way.




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.