Strength From God

Because she nagged him day after day and pleaded with him until she wore him out, 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 16:16-17 HCSB

Samson was a Nazirite, as were Samuel and John the Baptist. Nazirite men took a vow of devotion to God. They could not drink wine (or eat grapes or raisins), cut their hair, or touch a dead body. These were signs of consecration to God.

After being nagged day after day, Samson gave in and revealed the secret to his strength. His strength was not in his hair but rather from the Holy Spirit, according to the Nazirite vow. It was given to him as a special gift because of his devotion and consecration to God. His hair was only a symbol of that consecration. Samson compromised his devotion to God, therefore, God removed His hand of blessing on him.

Challenge: God may remove His hand of blessing on us because of our actions and behaviors. As believers, the Holy Spirit dwells within us and will never leave us. We have assurance through Christ that God will never forsake us (see 1 Philippians 1:6).

Read The Bible Through In Two Years: Genesis 44:1-34; Acts 1:1-26

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