The Joy of the Lord Is Your Strength

Samson and Delilah Gerrit van Honthorst Gerrit van Honthorst, c. 1615 c. 1615

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.” Judges 16:17

Last week’s reading from Judges told about Samson’s very special birth and the calling on his life. Though God calls each of us before we are born, there are only a few persons in the Bible where this is spoken about in some detail. Samson is one of them.

He was given a very special gift of strength to win victories over the wicked Philistines. 

While he was physically stronger than any other person, he had one big weakness. He craved and lusted after foreign women, such as today’s story about the mean and crafty Delilah. The story is so intriguing to read that a famous movie was made out of it in 1949 entitled, “Samson and Delilah.”

Verse 20 made me very thoughtful. “He did not know that the Lord had left him.” How sad. He needed to have stayed close to another Bible verse that I love: “The joy of the Lord is your strength” (Nehemiah 8:10).

Judges 16

Your joy, O Lord, is my strength Neh 8:10
I can do all things in Christ. Phil 4:13
Lord, I beg You: stay with me. 16:20
You cast down the mighty ones. Lk 1:52

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