Updated: Jan 25
Samson possessed extraordinary physical strength, and the moral of his saga relates to the disastrous loss of his power to his violation of the Nazarite vow, to which he was bound by his mother’s promise to the angel.
Before his conception, his mother was visited by an angel who told her that her son was to be a lifelong Nazarite— one dedicated to the special service of God, usually through a vow of abstinence, from shaving or cutting the hair, and from contact with a dead body.
God’s purpose in blessing Samson was to raise up a leader of Israel who would drive the Philistines out of the land that Israel was given by God, to complete the settlement of the Promised Land that had begun centuries earlier.
Samson was the man God chose to get this done. Samson was anything but a godly man. In fact, he was known to lie, have relations with multiple women, killed indiscriminately at times, and was impulsive and self-centered. Because of his status as the chosen one, he caused all kinds of trouble with the Philistines. However, the Philistines were not his greatest enemy, Samson’s greatest enemy was himself. His problem was not that he did not have the physical strength to deliver Israel…the problem is that he was internally weak.
Samson starts dating Delilah. She is bribed by the Philistines to discover the source of Samson's strength. After three failed attempts at doing so, she finally gets him to reveal his secret that if he were to cut his hair, his strength would leave him.
He got a midnight haircut and in an instant, Samson's strength was gone. He was quickly captured by the Philistines blinded and brought to their temple.
When Samson cries out to God for the strength to bring down the columns of a Philistine temple. The hair of his head starts to grow again and he fulfills the purpose that was set for him.
It is worth noting that Samson could have chosen a different path to take. Look how God showed up at his weakest moment!
Through our hardships, persecutions, and difficulties we have the assurance that Christ is our strength! There is a need to fear or stress over our mistakes, circumstances or worry about the future because when we are weak He is strong.
2 Corinthians 12:9 And He has said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for power is perfected in weakness.” Most gladly, therefore, I will rather boast [a]about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may dwell in me.