Gods Story For Your Life
Then Delilah pouted, “How can you tell me, ‘I
love you,’ when you don’t share
your secrets with me? You’ve made fun of me
three times now, and you still
haven’t told me what makes you so strong!” She
tormented him with her nagging
day after day until he was sick to death of
Finally, Samson shared his secret with her. “My hair has never been
confessed, “for I was dedicated to God as a Nazirite from birth. If
were shaved, my strength would leave me, and I would become as weak
Delilah realized he had finally told her the truth,
so she sent for the
Philistine rulers. “Come back one more time,” she said,
“for he has finally
told me his secret.” So the Philistine rulers returned with the money in their
hands. Delilah lulled Samson to sleep with his head
in her lap, and then she
called in a man to shave off the seven locks of his
hair. In this way she
began to bring him down, and his strength left him. /
Delilah was a deceitful woman
with honey on her lips and poison in her heart.
Cold and calculating, she
toyed with Samson, pretending to love him while
looking for personal gain.
Samson was deceived because he wanted to believe
Delilah’s lies. Although he
could strangle a lion, he could not smother his
burning lust and see Delilah
for who she really was.
How could Samson be so foolish? Four times
Delilah took advantage of him. If
he didn’t realize what was happening after
the first or second experience,
surely he should have understood the
situation by the fourth time! Delilah
kept asking Samson for the secret of
his strength until he finally grew tired
of hearing her nagging and gave in.
This was the second time that Samson
allowed himself to be worn down by
persistent nagging (Judges 14:17).
We think Samson is foolish, but how
many times do we allow ourselves to be
deceived by flattery and give in to
temptation and wrong beliefs?
How can you keep your desires from blinding
you? (1) Decide what kind of a
person you will love before passion takes
over. Determine whether a person’s
character and faith in God are as
desirable as his or her physical appearance.
(2) Look at the whole person.
Because most of the time you spend with your
spouse will not involve sex,
your companion’s personality, temperament, and
commitment to solve problems
must be as gratifying as his or her kisses. (3)
Be willing to listen to
people you trust. Those who love you can have a
clearer picture because
they’re not involved in the excitement of new romance;
yet they still know
you and want the best for you. (4) Be patient. The second
look often reveals
what is beneath the pleasant appearance and
Healthy relationships can be
hard work. Spend time investing in the
relationships you currently have with
friends and family. Then you will be
able to depend on them when new
relationships come along that require your
discernment and clear thinking.