How Could He Trust Her?

Today’s Journey Through Scripture Readings
Judges 16-18; Luke 7:1-30

OK folks, I was so tired when I was typing this last night I fell asleep in the process. That is something I never do. It resulted in a post that had stuff in it that made exactly zero sense. I have gone back and done some very needed editing. Have a blessed day.

15 Delilah said to him, “How can you say, ‘I love you,’ when you won’t trust me? Three times now you’ve made a fool out of me and not told me what gives you such great strength!”16 She nagged him with her words day after day and begged him until he became worn out to the point of death.

17 So he told her his whole secret. He said to her, “No razor has ever touched my head, because I’ve been a Nazirite for God from the time I was born. If my head is shaved, my strength will leave me, and I’ll become weak. I’ll be like every other person.”

18 When Delilah realized that he had told her his whole secret, she sent word to the rulers of the Philistines, “Come one more time, for he has told me his whole secret.” The rulers of the Philistines came up to her and brought the silver with them.

19 She got him to fall asleep with his head on her lap. Then she called a man and had him shave off the seven braids of Samson’s hair. He began to weaken, and his strength left him.20 She called out, “Samson, the Philistines are on you!” (Judges 16:15-20, Common English Bible)

How gullible could Samson possibly be? He kept trusting (but not completely)Delilah. She would ask him the secret to his strength. He fed her lies, for the most part, and every time he lied he caused her embarrassment (or so she said) when she went to tell the Philistines the secret so they could safely invade Israel. Did he never stop to ask her, “Why are you telling the Philistines in the first place?”

Delilah would ask Samson his secret and he would make up something new to tell her. The words were barely out of his mouth and she would run to the Philistines and share the false “secret” with them. They would hatch a plan to weaken Samson and it would fail miserably, much to Delilah “embarrassment.” She would then complain to Samson about not trusting her with the secret and he would tell her something made up again.

After this happening several times Delilah had enough. She confronts Samson in a way only a significant other could possibly do. “How can you say you love me when you don’t trust me?”

Perhaps it was a weak moment or perhaps it was more than that. Samson finally gives in and shares his secret. She then got him drunk, invited the Pharisees in who gave him a serious haircut and Samson was no longer the same man.

It seems to me that Samson wanted a relationship with the girl who first asked the question regarding the secret to his strength.  She continued to ask and he continued to answer with lies until the time came when he could lie no longer, or so he thought, if he wanted to keep the girl.

Today we don’t think much about things like haircuts. It is just something we need from time to time. And while a haircut might not kill us, it might cause embarrassment if the barber is a goofball and not interested in what looks good. But, in the end, it is only hair and it will grow back, probably. For Samson, it was more than just hair. For him, it was being obedient to the vow he made before God as a Nazarite.

Samson’s strength, more than his physical strength, his inner strength, came as a gift from God because of his commitment. When Samson shared the secret he placed something above the vow he made to God. When any of us place something else ahead of our relationship with God, it will only serve to weaken us because we are no longer the person God calls us to be.

 

Have a blessed day in the Lord.

With Joy and Thankfulness,
Keith

Copyright 2018, J. Keith Broyles, All Rights Reserved

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I love Mike Ashcraft's book, "My One Word." For the past nine years I have participated and encouraged others to participate to in the "My One Word" Challenge. My first word was discipline was my word the first year. Since then my word has been focus, sight, jungle, peace, concentration, serve, genuine and this year is fit. I seek to be fit for my health, my family, my church, my ministries. I seek to be fit in any are of my life where God might point to me. I also have a nickname, "Dr. B." When I was a public high school teacher, Dr. B. is what most of my students called me, at least in my presence. I am still called that by many people though I no longer teach in public schools. I am the author of "Average Joe: With an Extraordinary Story" (available on Amazon). The book fits into the genre of "Biblical Fiction" or "Christian Fiction" and features some of the Bible's lesser known characters. The name of my blog is, "Fork in the Road." Life is filled with forks in the road. It isn't a matter of if we encounter a fork in the road, but when will we and how many will we experience in a lifetime. I love to strum my guitar. I am not a great guitar player but I enjoy it. I also enjoy writing music. I get excited with I feel a new song emerging. I live with my wife Cindy and our little dog, "Bishop" in Lufkin, Texas. I spent the past 30 years as a United Methodist pastor, serving churches all over east and southeast Texas, from just north of Tyler to south of Houston, from the Gulf Coast to east of Madisonville. I currently serve Perritte Memorial UMC in Nacogdoches. I spent one year in the classroom, teaching High School government, economics, psychology, and sociology. Cindy and I have been married for 43 years. We have two grown sons and six grandchildren, three boys and three girls. I enjoy preaching and all it's aspects from research to writing to the actual preaching event. I also love writing, reading. I have dabble in drawing and "painting" with pastels as well as woodworking and woodcarving. My current projects are two ukuleles. I collect, repair and restore guitars too. I play the guitar (badly, but I still do) I also enjoy working with paracord on various projects, mostly prayer ropes I usually give away. I hold an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Business Data Processing, from San Jacinto College in Pasadena, TX, a Bachelor of Science in Political Science with a minor in History from Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, TX, a Master of Divinity from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, TX and a Doctor of Ministry from Carolina University of Theology. This blog started out as devotional writings. In August of 2020, I made a major change to the blog, switching to a daily theme format. Sunday Sermon-usually my manuscript sermon Miscellaneous Monday-misc. writing, poetry, ministry Tuesday Thoughts-Devotion Wed. with Wesleys-hist. & theol. of early Methodists TED Talk Thursday-Video & appl. in current theology Five for Friday-5 things I've seen & my thoughts Sing-Along Sat. - Usually a new song I have written I write, "Strumming a G-Chord with Dr.B." to get my thoughts onto something permanent. After all, they say, once something is on the internet it never really goes away. Still, I hope you enjoy reading it. Who knows, it might generate a bit of discussion between you and me and anyone else who might make their way here. Seeking the Genuine, Keith Lufkin, Texas August 2020

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