Acknowledge And Deal With Your "Delilah"

Some time later, he fell in love with a woman in the Valley of Sorek whose name was Delilah. The rulers of the Philistines went to her and said, "See if you can lure him into showing you the secret of his great strength and how we can overpower him so we may tie him up and subdue him. Each one of us will give you eleven hundred shekels of silver." So Delilah said to Samson, "Tell me the secret of your great strength and how you can be tied up and subdued."  . . ."All this time you have been making a fool of me and lying to me."  
. . . With such nagging she prodded him day after day until he was sick to death of it.
So he told her everything. "No razor has ever been used on my head . . . because I have been a Nazirite dedicated to God from my mother's womb. If my head were shaved, my strength would leave me, and I would become as weak as any other man."  
. . . After putting him to sleep on her lap, she called for someone to shave off the seven braids of his hair . . .  And his strength left him. Then she called, "Samson, the Philistines are upon you!" He awoke from his sleep and thought, "I'll go out as before and shake myself free." But he did not know that the LORD had left him.
Then the Philistines seized him, gouged out his eyes and took him down to Gaza.
Binding him with bronze shackles, they set him to grinding grain in the prison. Judges 16:4-21

Samson had a noticeable weakness: women. His eventual downfall was the result of that weakness. Samson recklessly pursued love in all the wrong places until Delilah finally brought him down.

The account is rather chilling! Samson skirted around the secret of his strength but Delilah was a woman on a mission. The Bible says, "With such nagging she prodded him day after day until he was sick to death. So he told her everything." Delilah had Samson's hair shaved for the first time in his life, and with it, his strength was gone! This incident is followed by one of the most chilling statements in the Bible, "I'll go out and shake myself free." But he did not know that the LORD had left him."  God's anointing is never at our beck and call!

Like Samson, we each have a divine assignment. There are many "Delilahs" that seek to derail us by enticing us to compromise on our relationship with God through unrighteous behavior. Satan's goal is to relentlessly come at us with our "Delilah" until he derails us. Don't be ignorant of his devices. Samson's Delilah landed him in shackles with his eyes gouged out; grinding grain in prison. That was not God's intended end for that anointed Judge of Israel.

Your "Delilah" is whatever weakness entices you to go against the clear expectations of God. It could be greed. It could be pride. It could be money. It could be sexual compromise. No one is exempt from it. But, the grace of God is sufficient to help us deal with every "Delilah" in our lives. Acknowledge and deal with your "Delilah" before it brings you down. It will save you from a lot!

Prayer: Lord, I acknowledge that there are areas of weakness in my life. Please help me to deal with them so that my life will not be derailed from your set purposes. Amen.