Weekly Devotional 

July 31-August 6

The Secret of Deception 

Scripture: Then she said to him, How can you say, I love you, when you won’t confide in me? This is the third time you have made a fool of me and haven’t told me the secret of your great strength. With such nagging she prodded him day after day until he was sick to death of it. So he told her everything. No razor has ever been used on my head, he said, because I have been a Nazirite dedicated to God from my mother’s womb. If my head were shaved, my strength would leave me, and I would become as weak as any other man. When Delilah saw that he had told her everything, she sent word to the rulers of the Philistines, Come back once more; he has told me everything. So the rulers of the Philistines returned with the silver in their hands. After putting him to sleep on her lap, she called for someone to shave off the seven braids of his hair, and so began to subdue him. And his strength left him. Then she called, Samson, the Philistines are upon you! He awoke from his sleep and thought, I’ll go out as before and shake myself free. But he did not know that the Lord had left him.  – Judges 16:15:21

Devotional: Samson was a man hand-picked by God who was destined to set Israel free from the bondage of the Philistines. God had given Samson incredible strength to overpower all his enemies on every side. Although Samson was very strong in his body he was a weak vessel in his flesh. The downfall of Samson came from him falling into the web of deception by Delilah. Samson allowed his flesh to be weakened by his love for Delilah which in return entrapped him and caused him to lose his strength, and God’s spirit had departed from him. 

Application: What lesson can we learn from the story of Samson? When God tells us to do something we need to do it. When we venture off and decide to go in another direction there are consequences for our actions. The amazing thing about our God is when we repent of our sins and we cry out to him he hears the prayers of the righteous. The second lesson we can learn from Samson is to be careful to who we tell our secrets. 

Prayer: Sovereign Lord you know every one of our weaknesses and what makes our flesh weak. Lord, you said in Ephesians 3:16 “That according to the riches of his glory he may grant you to be strengthened with power through his Spirit in your inner being. Father, we thank you for releasing your power through our inner being to intercede for us through our weakness. Lord, you said in 2 Timothy 2:22 “So flee youthful passions and pursue righteousness, faith, love, and peace, along with those who call on the Lord from a pure heart.” In Jesus’ name amen.

Reflection Questions: 

  1. What is your Delilah and can you recognize it when you see it?
  2. We have all made mistakes which is a result of an action. What did you learn from your past mistakes?