And Delilah said to Samson, “Tell me, I pray thee, wherein thy great strength lieth , and wherewith thou mightest be bound to afflict thee.” (Judges 16: 6)
Read Judges 16: 6-22
Somewhere in her busy life, Delilah encountered a group of unhappy Philistines. They were unhappy because Delilah’s boyfriend Samson kept defeating them in battle. Therefore, they were very willing to pay Delilah to betray Samson. Delilah being an enterprising woman jumped on the opportunity. This would prove to be her undoing.
Questions to Ponder:
- Do I find myself being led to sexual impurity by the Delilah’s of the world?
- Do I use my femininity to control others and be God?
Delilah made a conscious decision to pretend affection for Samson and tricked him into revealing the source of his strength. She was very aware of her sexual powers and lured Samson into her web of deceit with them. As soon as he revealed his secret, she scampered back to the Philistines and betrayed Samson to them.
Delilah used her sexual powers to advance herself. God did not give us the gift of our sexuality to use to devious ends. Sex is a gift that should be used to bind a married
couple in an ever-deepening commitment to our spouse. By stepping out of this fellowship, we risk losing God’s empowerment. However, by remaining sexually pure and protecting ourselves from Delilah we receive God’s empowerment. God designed us to be a comparable partner for man, and any misuse of our femininity is an attempt to be God.
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