Comfortable On the Lap of Delilah

Samson was certainly not one of God’s wisest servants; nevertheless, he was a man of extraordinary faith. He is listed among those of faith in Hebrews 11:32. Although a genuine man of God, appointed to be a Nazirite and judge before he was born, his carelessness eventually cost him. He took the calling and blessings of God for granted, and he was lured by the forbidden. He became comfortable resting on the lap of Delilah.

Much speculation has gone on concerning Delilah, but the point is Samson was wooed by, fell in love with, and grew comfortable with the very one who led him to his downfall—and this is because he saw himself both strong and wise, and he rejected godly instruction.

Samson experienced some incredible victories wrought by God (understand, his might was because of the Holy Spirit’s anointing), but he was seduced by Delilah’s beauty and charm. Bribed by the Philistines, she tried to get the secret of his strength, as he rested his head on her lap and she stroked his hair and rubbed his face, eventually lulling him to sleep. She would then awaken him with, “Samson, the Philistines are upon you!” Samson would then wake up and “take care of business.” Samson just seems to laugh it off each time, not understanding he was in a dangerous predicament.

With a puffed bottom lip and a little pouting, Delilah finally got Samson to open up. “If you cut my hair I’ll lose my strength.” Don’t miss this, while what he he said is, perhaps, in part true, “If you cut my hair I’ll lose my strength,” his strength came from God not his hair. 

Again, she lulled him to sleep. We then read,

When Delilah saw that he had told her all his heart, she sent and called the lords of the Philistines, saying, “Come up again, for he has told me all his heart.” Then the lords of the Philistines came up to her and brought the money in their hands. She made him sleep on her knees. And she called a man and had him shave off the seven locks of his head. Then she began to torment him, and his strength left him. And she said, “The Philistines are upon you, Samson!” And he awoke from his sleep and said, “I will go out as at other times and shake myself free.” But he did not know that the Lord had left him. And the Philistines seized him and gouged out his eyes and brought him down to Gaza and bound him with bronze shackles. And he ground at the mill in the prison. ~ Judges 16:18-21

Did you catch that? Samson “did not know that the Lord had left him.” Samson was clueless that the Spirit of the Lord had departed from him. God did not utterly forsake Samson, but He did step away and let Samson suffer the consequences of his self-centeredness and religious flippancy. We are told that Samson was blinded (his eyes were gouged out), and he was imprisoned both in his darkness and a Philistine dungeon.  

This world is not our home, but how easily we can be distracted and wooed by the charms of this world. Seduced by its flattery and glamour while holding to a religious false security, as though God will permit no harm simply because we are His. So we lay our head on our Delilah’s lap, giving credit of our strength to our education, experience, influence, and the like, not realizing the Holy Spirit’s anointing has been lifted from us. Our downfall comes, our eyes “are gouged” as we are forced to abide in our darkness.

If we say we have fellowship with him while we walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth. ~ 1 John 1:6

How many Christians have been seduced and wooed by persons, money, or power trips? They took their eyes off the Lord and played religious games, but eventually God said, “Enough!” Not realizing His anointing has been removed, one’s world collapses like a house of cards. While God never fully abandons His own, He does allow consequences to crush us in order to reveal our need for Him and to bring us to repentance.

Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world—the desires of the flesh and the desires of the eyes and pride of life—is not from the Father but is from the world. And the world is passing away along with its desires, but whoever does the will of God abides forever. ~ 1 John 2:15-17

But those who desire to be rich fall into temptation, into a snare, into many senseless and harmful desires that plunge people into ruin and destruction. For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evils. It is through this craving that some have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many pangs. ~ 1 Timothy 6:9-10

Are you being wooed by a Delilah and trusting in your own strength and past victories? Don’t rest your head on her lap, and don’t get comfortable in her presence. Remember that all of your victories came from God and His workings, not from you. You and are nothing more than conduits, mere channels and vessels God uses. He gives, and He can certainly take away (Job 1:21).

As for Samson, he had some time to think while he was in his darkness and prison. He was able to reflect and see his folly, and what’s more is he was able to turn back to the Lord . No, things could not go back to what they were but God’s anointing and presence did.

Friend, if God has allowed you to be betrayed by a Delilah, don’t blame Him or the church. You allowed yourself to be wooed, and I guarantee God have multiple warnings you ignored. You might have lost it all, but there are further victories to be had of you own up to your foolishness and turn your attention back to God. 

Be of good cheer. God might step away, but He will not totally abandon those who truly belong to Him. Come rest your weary head on the lap of your Redeemer and God who loves you.

The Deception of Superiority 

I recently read a quote online in which an individual stated, “I refuse to say please to someone beneath me.” Now, I could be wrong, but it’s doubtful this person is a doctor, CEO, or someone of seemingly great importance. More likely he is some average individual who is great in his own eyes. Regardless, his statement reveals how shallow he is.

Many strive to be great, some even see themselves as gods, but in the end each of us dies. In truth, there is no advantage being buried in a tomb over a casket or a casket over a plastic bag. However we are laid to rest, our bodies are dead—then we must give account for our lives (Heb. 9:27).

What exactly makes a person “inferior” to another? Poverty, lack of education, skin color, nationality, or lack of attractiveness? Does being a doctor, lawyer, politician, athlete, or movie star really make a person superior to the janitor, waitress, clerk, fuel station attendant, or housekeeper? Now, it’s easy to quickly answer with “no, of course not,” but I’ve observed such arrogance in churches and Bible colleges/seminaries as anywhere else. It’s not for no reason Paul noted in one of his letters, “knowledge puffs up” (1 Cor. 8:1), and addressed divisions, schisms, pride, and those who were “spiritual” and those who were not. But again, what makes a person “beneath” another? What makes another “unworthy” of respect and common courtesy? What makes anyone so high and mighty that it’s beneath them to say, “please,” “thank you,” “good morning,” or a polite “excuse me”?

When the Titanic was sinking, riches, charm, influence, skill, intelligence, and good looks didn’t benefit anyone. People boast about so much crap that’s here today and gone tomorrow. Those who are so cool and attractive now, their bodies  will one day join the rest of humanity in becoming dust, nothing more than the manure and dirt in the fields. Each of us will stand before our Creator and become aware in the fullest measure as to how pitifully insignificant we really are—but by His grace. With whatever measure of kindness or rudeness, mercy or contempt we’ve dished out to others will be measured back to us (Matt. 7:2).

God’s standards are so radically different than the world’s. The world is so impressed by the trivial, temporal, fleeting, and worthless. In the eyes of God, our careers, nice houses, good looks, and empires of dirt don’t mean much. Rather, “but only [in Christ] faith working through love” (Gal. 5:6).

The Scriptures admonish us with the following:

Do not be haughty, but associate with the lowly. Never be wise in your own sight. ~ Romans 12:16

For if anyone thinks he is something, when he is nothing, he deceives himself. ~ Galatians 6:3

If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. And if I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. ~ 1 Corinthians 13:1-2

But God said to him, “Fool! This night your soul is required of you, and the things you have prepared, whose will they be?” So is the one who lays up treasure for himself and is not rich toward God.” ~ Luke 12:20-21

“Don’t give me doctrine, just give me Jesus!” I have heard persons say. Such persons think this sounds spiritual, but what they don’t understand is Jesus taught doctrines. Doctrine simply means teaching. There is sound doctrine which is in accordance with the truth, and there is false doctrine which does not. Beware of those who say they “reject doctrines,” because chances are you are dealing with a wolf in sheep’s clothing.

But as for you, teach what accords with sound doctrine. ~ Titus 2:1

Perhaps we are most like the ungodly when we are ungrateful. Contrary to popular belief, no one owes us anything—especially God! Yet, how many of us are blessed by God, as well as the work and kindnesses of others? Productivity, a warm hello, a helping hand, a good meal, etc. Even “self-made” persons do not make their buildings, cars, computers, phones, etc. Others did. Others’ giftings are often gifts to us, and all these come from God. What insolent arrogance when we think we are above displaying gratitude.

For although they knew God, they did not honor him as God or give thanks to him. ~ Romans 1:21