As my Bible reading this week continued in Judges, I came across this verse in the story of Samson.
‘He did not know that the Lord had left him.’
From conception, Samson had a call on His life to be set apart as a Nazirite and to be used by God to deliver the Israelites from the Philistines. As a young man, however, we see that Samson enjoyed fraternizing with the enemy.
His constant pursuit of Philistine women ultimately led him into the arms of Delilah. What he didn’t know was that Delilah had been bought buy his enemies to bring him down. After telling several lies about the source of his strength, Samson finally caved in and revealed the secret of his strength.
This is where it gets sad. He woke up after his head had been shaved and did not even realize that God’s presence had left him. How is that even possible?
While the Bible doesn’t specifically answer this question, I think the answer presents itself as you read his life’s story. We read much more of Samson’s exploits with women than we read of His relationship with God.
James 4:4 tells us that friendship with the world makes you an enemy of God. I believe that Samson spent so much time with God’s enemies that he lost his relationship with God. It appears that he had forgotten what the presence of God felt like. How else can we explain his failure to realize that God’s presence was absent from his life.
It’s easy to criticize Samson. However, are we often guilty of spending more time with the world than with God? We want to be accepted by people and consequently we find ourselves temporarily abandoning our convictions to fit in. The more we do this, the easier it becomes to keep doing it.
You cannot serve two masters. I pray that I never spend so much time away from God that I wouldn’t recognize the absence of His anointing on my life.