Words from the Heart for Monday March 11th, 2019
Delilah said to Samson, “Tell me the secret of your great strength and how you can be tied up and subdued.”
Judges 16:6 (NIV)
Though we often use the moose as a kind of national mascot, they are also easily one of the top most dangerous animals in Canada. Moose are especially dangerous to motorists: 700 Moose-vehicle collisions occur annually in Newfoundland and Labrador alone. These huge animals are also dangerous off the road. Weighing around 600 kilograms, moose are known to charge when they feel threatened or cornered. In addition to their imposing antlers, a moose can also kick either with its front feet or its back feet, meaning they can hurt you in a variety of ways.
Satan, the author of temptation, never makes it look ugly. He always paints it as beautifully as he can, never showing the horrifying underbelly of his work. If there was ever a Biblical example of this, it is in the life of Delilah, the wife of Samson the judge. This beautiful woman enticed Samson to give away the secret of his spiritual power – the Nazarite vow that God had commanded even before he was born. We read in Judges 16:6: “Delilah said to Samson, “Tell me the secret of your great strength and how you can be tied up and subdued.” Samson had gone against God’s command not to marry a foreign woman. This was the beginning of his troubles. One step of disobedience would lead to all sorts of troubles for him and Israel. It can happen easily in our lives. The ruin of a reputation doesn’t usually happen suddenly. It begins when a person lets sin slowly creep into their lives and over time, it grows into a devouring monster. How wise to not let sin get a foothold.
These have been words from the heart.