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WHEN YOU ARE EMPTY

Bible Text: Delilah lulled Samson to sleep with his head in her lap, and then she called in a man to shave off the seven locks of his hair. In this way she began to bring him down, and his strength left him. (Judges 16: 19)

No one saves us but ourselves. No one can and no one may. We ourselves must walk the path. Strength does not come from winning. Your struggles develop your strengths. When you go through hardships and decide not to surrender, that is strength.

Earlier Samson gave into the nagging of his Philistine wife (Judges 14:15-18). Now he yields to the nagging of Delilah. She certainly sinned by using such terrible manipulation, but Samson also sinned by yielding to that manipulation.
Her previous complaint that Samson's love for her was empty was itself a hollow protest. Delilah had no love for him, and she expected Samson to destroy himself and his service for God to "prove" his love for her. In this we see the strongest man in the world weak under the power of an ungodly relationship. Most of all, Samson is a powerful picture of wasted potential.

“If the fish had not opened its mouth, it would not have been caught”. Just as tall trees are known by their shadows, so are good men known by their enemies.

When Samson did this, it was a very sad scene. He had to know what was to come. He faced the choice between faithfulness to his God and continuing an ungodly relationship.

Again, Samson also shows the danger of being a loner as a leader. Everything Samson did he did alone. He judged for 20 years and never sought or used help from others.

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