By: Tim Sader
So Delilah said to Samson, “Tell me the secret of your great strength and how you can be tied up and subdued.”
Last week we talked about what we do with our time and how many times a day we spend with the Lord. Possibly one of the biggest enemies of us living a devoted life to God is being blinded by deception. This happens so easy and often times it is so blatant that anyone could see it but us. Some deceptions we enter into can come from our peers, co workers, family members, friends, the media, society, school and even government. These vehicles that drive deception can cause us to believe lies, participate in sin, have fear and do exactly the opposite what we know is right. When I was a teenager my friends and I used to do all kinds of crazy games when we weren’t busy with PlayStation games. My friends played tackle football, trampoline wrestling, back yard boxing, building jumps for everything with wheels, extreme versions of hide-n-seek and tag. Some of the activities I could be involved in were truth or dare, spin the bottle and ghost hunting. Many of the more dangerous activities were modified to include me also. One game my friends would play involved a lever action daisy bb rifle and any number of willing male adolescents because the girls were smarter. They would take turns lining up facing each other one with the gun and the other with a bat, stick or nothing at all. The shooter would shoot at the human target across from them and the other person would try to avoid being hit by the bb. If they got hit they got the satisfaction of being tough if they dodged the bb or knocked it away they became the new shooter. Out of all the crazy things my friends did to look macho this one I could easily do so I got lined up across from the shooter. One of my friends before the other one shot said wait let me cover his face. Good thing he did that because the shot hit him in the pinky finger and that might have saved my eye. I was so blinded by some dumb fun I thought my friends were having and it could have cost me my sight for real.
This story is very reminiscent of another story about a devoted man of God who started making all kinds of bad choices. On a journey he killed a lion and on his way home he saw honey in its dead body and he ate it. This man was a Nasserite devoted to God and touching an unclean thing was completely forbidden for him. He then deceived his parents and brought them honey and they ate it to (Judges 14:8-9). He took a foreign wife and when her people killed her this man got so mad he pulled a metal gate from it’s hinges. Samson was this man and even after all these horrible choices he gave up his devotion to the Lord through deception when Delilah tricked him and cut off his hair. The one thing he was told never to do he had done to him. Even after his wife tried three times to betray him to the enemy Samson was enticed to get drunk and tell his secret to her. Because he gave up his devotion he was blinded by deception he lost his sight, strength and eventually his own life after making things right with God. At one time we all were deceived and lead astray by our lustful desires. We were bitter and jealous, hating ourselves and one another (Titus 3:3). But we cannot be deceived because God is not mocked. If we live our lives under the deception of our lusts we will reap the consequences of them (Galatians 6:7). If we are not deceived we reap rewards from our devotion to God. Jesus told us to be sure we are not deceived into believing everyone that says they come in His name. Some will claim they are Christ and that the end is here (Luke 21:8). No one knows when the end has come but God; we can see the signs but we do not know the day or the hour. We must learn to remain devoted to God or the enemy will try to blind us by deception that will destroy the strength we once had in the Lord. If we’ve been deceived pray to the God who can makes us see again.
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No one lights a lamp and hides it in a clay jar or puts it under a bed. Instead, they put it on a stand, so that those who come in can see the light. Luke 8:16