“After this he (Sampson) loved a woman in the Valley of Sorek, whose name was Delilah.” Judges 16:4

Chapter 16 begins with Sampson visiting a prostitute. Earlier in Judges 14, he wants a Philistine girl because she was “right in his eyes.” And now we see him in the valley of Sorek, which means, “grapevines”. Remember, he was a Nazarite, which meant he wasn’t permitted to drink. Yet he was in the very valley of drink. When we think of Sampson we think of a man of great strength and one of great weakness. He placed himself in the very place where he could be tempted, because he thought he was strong enough to handle it.

When he met Delilah, he thought he had met the girl of his dreams. Sometimes love blinds you. Sometimes it just makes you stupid. She was approached by Sampson’s enemies who were willing to pay a large sum in order to find his weakness. So, she asked him what made him weak. One would think that the first time a girl asks how you can be destroyed, you’d get wise to the fact that this may not be the girl for you. However, after the third time, you’d think she was the enemy!

What was it with Sampson? Was he stupid? No. I believe his strength was his weakness. Paul addressed this in his letter to the Corinthians: “Therefore let him who thinks he stands take heed lest he fall.” (1 Corinthians 10:12)

From the account in Judges, it wasn’t that Sampson didn’t understand what was happening. He was toying with Delilah. In his pride, he thought he was strong enough to overcome her temptations, until he was in over his head—literally. When his hair was cut, it was too late, the Lord had left him.

Are you like Sampson, playing with fire? Do you tell yourself that it’s okay, you can handle it? Are you putting yourself in tempting situations because you’re strong? One day you just might wake up empty headed—no hair, no strength, no power, no brain.

Paul told the Galatians:
“I say then: Walk in the Spirit, and you shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh.” Galatians 5:16

Don’t be stupid enough to think you are strong enough. Run to Jesus and be filled with the Holy Spirit.

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