Recently, I was reading in the Book of JUDGES about the story Samson is probably most remembered by – losing his hair, his strength, and ultimately, his life (Judges 16). There were a few things I noticed about this story that struck me differently this time around, specifically, the blinding nature and effects of Sampson’s sin.
1 . Samson’s sin led to spiritual blindness
Now, to be clear, there were a lot of things going on in Samson’s heart and actions during this account in chapter 16 that were sinful. The author wastes no time showing us this – from verse 1 to the end of the chapter, we see a sinner in desperate need of a Savior.
Samson’s recurring sin, was one of pride. Trusting in his own strength (shrub thing to do), Samson began to believe the lie that his super-human strength was really his strength, and not a gift from the Lord.
By placing his trust in himself, the only one Samson was concerned with pleasing was, consequently, himself. He now felt it was his right to take what he wanted for himself; creating an overconfidence in his flesh – sin leading to more sin.
He began sleeping with the enemy – literally (harlot in verse 1 and Delilah the Philistine in verse 4) and figuratively (making his sinful desires his god of worship). He also began living in enemy territory, among the Philistines – not exactly seeking the shelter of the Most High.
Indeed, if God is to be our Refuge and our Rock; we don’t gain the full benefits of our Mighty Fortress when we sleep in the enemy’s camp.
2. Samson’s sin led to physical blindness
Samson had become so captivated by his own sinful and lustful desires, that he couldn’t see the damage that he was doing to himself or those around him, until it was too late.
How often do your spiritual sins begin to effect your physical self and those around you?
By not taking heed to the warning signs that God was giving him (Delilah was repeatedly asking for a way to have him killed/captured), Samson ended up losing:
- His strength – God was always his strength, not his hair
- His sight – he needed to see his need for God, by having his eyes removed
- His respect – previously a mighty warrior, now mocked as a hapless oaf
Fortunately for Samson, and for us, God doesn’t leave us dead in our sin, but makes us alive to God by His Spirit.
3. God gives sight to the blind
Recurring sin is difficult to break, because we keep giving it power over us when we submit to it, rather than God. God doesn’t leave us in a permanent state of darkness however. He has given us truth in His Word that we can use to combat these desires, and share in His victory over sin and death.
“God opposes the proud, but gives grace to the humble. Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Draw near to God, and He will draw near to you.” -James 4:6-8
Not only does He promise to draw near to us, He will give us grace as we approach him and confess our sins. He is a safe place for us to be saved from our enemies – sin and death.
“I love you, O LORD, my strength. The LORD is my Rock and my Fortress and my Deliverer, my God, my Rock, in whom I take refuge, my Shield, and the horn of my Salvation, my Stronghold. I call upon the LORD, who is worthy to be praised, and I am saved from my enemies.” – Psalm 18:1-3
Let us run to the LORD and experience all the benefits of our salvation, and give God the glory for the victory. We need to humbly respond to exposed sin and treat it with the seriousness it deserves – death. Thank you Father that you sent your Son, who died eternal life to bring, and lives that death may die. Amen!