A Dangerous Relaxation

… he told her the whole truth and said to her, “My hair has never been cut, because I am a Nazirite to God from birth.  If I am shaved, my strength will leave me, and I will become weak and be like any other man.” – Judges 16:17

A mistaken assumption couched within the myth that surrounds an unbiblical view of Samson is that his strength somehow lay within the length of his hair. Of course, it did not. Samson’s supernatural might rested with a transcendent God and it was simply a gift for his use as long as he remained consecrated or dedicated to the purposes of the Almighty. Even though Samson did not cut his own hair or make a conscious decision to reject his anointed position in God’s service, he obviously took that position for granted and when he let his guard down his strength departed.

Your strength … my strength … our strength as Christ-followers rests with Him. Though we may not consciously reject our anointed position in God’s service, we may take it for granted … and the moment we do, our strength departs. Diligence in the presence of a persistent enemy is a necessary defense against such a formidable thief and our greatest assurance that we can remain strong in God’s might and dedicated to His purposes. On the other hand, relaxation in such matters can be devastatingly dangerous.

If you do what is right, won’t you be accepted?  But if you do not do what is right, sin is crouching at the door. Its desire is for you, but you must rule over it. – God to Cain (before he murdered Abel)

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