Throughout the book of Judges we have seen different accounts of these leaders that the Bible calls judges. These judges are different than what we think of judges today; they were primarily military deliverers that God provided for Israel as a means of showing his grace. The whole point of the book of Judges is to show the depravity of the people of Israel and their need for a godly king to lead them. Samson is a perfect example of someone who was used by God, but who was not an example of godliness.
We have seen examples of the way God had blessed him with great strength and all that allowed him to do. But we also see example after example of his lack of character. He is enticed by women and in our passage today, we not only see him enticed by a prostitute, but also by a Philistine woman who is using him on behalf of the Philistines.
Four times she asked where his strength came from in hopes of being able to take it away so that he could be defeated by the Philistines. He finally relented, just like he had earlier (14:17) and she was able to shave his head and his power left him.
What is important to notice here is that it wasn’t actually Samson’s hair that was the source of his power, but it was God. We know from verse 20 that the Lord had left him after his hair had gone, and the Philistines were able to attack him.
A point of application that we can walk away with today is that it is foolish to fight our battles with sin without the power of God. We also need to see that, like Samson, we can be living in sin and have the appearance that everything in our life is fine, that God is with us. But eventually our sin will catch up to us and we will see what it really looks like to have God show us the seriousness of our sin (1 Corinthians 5:5).
Are you walking in sin that you need to repent from? Are you attempting to repent from sin on your own power? Be encouraged today that God loves you so much that he sent his Son to die on the cross for you! God desires for us to live lives that are fruitful for His Kingdom. Realize that if God has exposed sin in your life, this too is an act of grace, and that Jesus has made a way for you to turn from your sin and live for His glory.
By: Graham Withers — Pastoral Ministry Apprentice