After that he fell in love with a woman in the Wadi Sorek whose name was Delilah. (Judges 16:4, NAB)
Delilah was a scheming, devious woman, who knew how to use her feminine attributes to get what she wanted. It did not matter to her that her desires were not the desires of God for she had no faith in God. We do not know how Delilah met her end, but we can be assured that it was not resting in God’s arms like Samson, the man that she led astray.
She actually could have learned a few things from him about God and faith, but instead chose Satan’s path.
At times, I have let greed blind me to the proper way to behave. I see something I want and ignore the consequences, blasting forward only to see the dire results of my actions. Fortunately, I can learn from the Delilah’s of the world, go to God asking forgiveness, and not continue to travel down the paths in life that will put me in contact with the Delilahs.
The lords of the Philistines came to her and said, ” Beguile him and find out the secret of his great strength, and how we may overcome and bind him so as to keep him helpless.” (judges 16: 5)
Delilah was not a woman that I would aspire to emulate. There is no doubt she was a beautiful, powerful woman, who could take care of herself. Now, you are probably saying, “So what is wrong with that? Sounds pretty good to me.” Delilah had no faith in God. The only one Delilah believed in was herself.
Question to Ponder:
- Do I let others persuade me to use my sexuality to lure men away from God’s path?
Lord Jesus, help me to avoid being like Delilah and using my sexual powers to achieve devious ends. Instead, show me how to use them for your pleasure. Protect me from the Delilah’s of this world so that I may come to you in the pure form in which you created me. Amen.
All for the Glory of God,
Excerpted from Women of the Bible: A Study by Christina Weigand