Feel your head your hair has just started growing!

We all are conversant with the story of Samson and Delilah. Samson wanted to be used by God, but he also yielded to the deceitfulness of sin. He kept the external features of his Nazirite vow zealously, while at the same time sinning blatantly with a prostitute. Samson did what we nearly all do when deceived by sin. He put his life into categories, and figured that some categories God cared about and some categories God did not care about. Despite his sin, God still gave Samson supernatural strength to escape from the Philistines. God did this because God’s purpose was bigger than Samson himself, and because God used Samson despite Samson’s sin, not because of it. There are three parts of the story that we would love to share with you.  First let us look at what happens when Samson tells Delilah his heart.  Judges 16:17-19“No razor has ever come upon my head, for I have been a Nazirite to God from my mother’s womb. If I am shaven, then my strength will leave me, and I shall become weak, and be like any other man.” When Delilah saw that he had told her all his heart, she sent and called for the lords of the Philistines, saying, “Come up once more, for he has told me all his heart.” So the lords of the Philistines came up to her and brought the money in their hand. Then she lulled him to sleep on her knees, and called for a man and had him shave off the seven locks of his head. Then she began to torment him, and his strength left him.”

When Samson tells his heart, it was a very sad scene.  He faced the choice between faithfulness to his God and continuing an ungodly relationship. In this we see the strongest man in the world weak under the power of an ungodly relationship. Perhaps Samson figured that because he was strong in one area of his life, he was strong in all areas. In this he was desperately wrong.

Now there are a thousand razors with which the devil can shave off the locks of a consecrated man without his knowing it.  The devil is cleverer far than even the skillful-barber; he can shave the believer’s locks while he scarcely knows it. Not that his hair made him strong, but that his hair was the symbol of his consecration, and was the pledge of God’s favor to him. While his hair was untouched he was a consecrated man; as soon as that was cut away, he was no longer perfectly consecrated, and then his strength departed from him.

Judges 16:20 And she said, “The Philistines are upon you, Samson!” So he awoke from his sleep, and said, “I will go out as before, at other times, and shake myself free!” But he did not know that the LORD had departed from him.” I will go out as before:

 Samson didn’t know things were different. He lived in compromise for so long that he thought it would never make a difference.  This is a tragic example of wasted potential and rejection of God’s warnings. Samson thought he could “get away” with sin and escape its consequences. He misinterpreted the merciful delay of God’s judgment or correction as a sign that He really didn’t care. He therefore presumed on God’s mercy and continued on in his sin, making things far worse. He did not know that the LORD had departed from him: Samson’s strength was not in his hair, it was in his relationship with God. He worked against that relationship to the point where God finally departed from him, in the sense that He no longer blessed Samson with supernatural strength.

Secondly, let us look at the second part of the story-   when the hair started to grow. Judges 16:21-22 Then the Philistines took him and put out his eyes, and brought him down to Gaza. They bound him with bronze fetters, and he became a grinder in the prison. However, the hair of his head began to grow again after it had been shaven. Then the Philistines took him and put out his eyes:

The hair of his head began to grow again after he was shaven. It began to grow immediately no doubt, as it naturally would do; but it is highly probable it grew in an extraordinary manner, and in a short time became as when it was shaved , as it may be rendered, and upon which his strength was renewed; not that his strength naturally lay in his hair, and so naturally increased as that grew; but he being made sensible of his sin, and repenting of it, renewed his Nazariteship, of which letting his hair grow was a token; and it pleased God, who accepted of his repentance as genuine, of his own good will and pleasure to renew his strength; particularly upon his prayer to him, after related. God gave Samson hope in the midst of a dungeon. His hair began to return and we can suppose that his heart also began to return. I wonder why these Philistines did not take care to keep his hair from growing to any length. If cutting his hair once had proved so effectual, I wonder that they did not send in the barber every morning, to make sure that not a hair grew upon his scalp or chin. But wicked men are not in all matters wise men: indeed, they so conspicuously fail in one point or another that Scripture calls them fools.

 The most encouraging is the last part – when God answered Samson’s prayer. Judges 16:28-30 Then Samson called to the LORD, saying, “O Lord GOD, remember me, I pray! Strengthen me, I pray, just this once, O God that I may with one blow take vengeance on the Philistines for my two eyes!” And Samson took hold of the two middle pillars which supported the temple, and he braced himself against them, one on his right and the other on his left. Then Samson said, “Let me die with the Philistines!” And he pushed with all his might, and the temple fell on the lords and all the people who were in it. So the dead that he killed at his death were more than he had killed in his life.”

Samson’s end was both bitter and sweet. God answered his last prayer, and he achieved his greatest victory against the Philistines at the cost of his own life. In this Samson is a picture of the believer in disobedience. God used him, but he did not benefit from it. His life ended in personal tragedy, shadowed by the waste of great potential. We could say that Samson was restored with self-renunciation. This last great victory came only has he was broken, humiliated, and blind. He could no longer look to himself. Prior to this we don’t see Samson as a man of prayer, but here he prayed. In summary, Samson shows the danger of under estimating our own sinfulness. He probably figured he had things under control with his own fleshly lusts, but his desire for love, romance, and sex led directly to his destruction. Samson was the great conqueror who never allowed God to properly conquer him. Samson's afflictions were the means of bringing him to deep repentance. By the loss of his bodily sight the eyes of his understanding were opened; and by depriving him of bodily strength, the Lord was pleased to renew his spiritual strength. The Lord permits some few to wander wide and sink deep, yet he recovers them at last, and marking his displeasure at sin in their severe temporal sufferings, preserves them from sinking into the pit of destruction.  true Christians will thereby be rendered more humble, watchful, and circumspect; more simple in their dependence on the Lord, more fervent in prayer to be kept from falling, and in praise for being preserved; and, if they fall, they will be kept from sinking into despair. Is someone reading this who has been a child of God but got lost in sin? Feel the top of your head. The hair may be beginning to grow again! Is there one who was a soul winner but has drifted from God? God can use you again. Is there one who has been depressed, lost in pain and sorrow over a loss of a loved one and has lost hope in everything including God himself? Don’t give up just remember Job is proud now because he stood for God and went through the persecution, but he will be revived and once again give God the glory He deserves. Is someone reading this and has just met Delilahs in various disguises: people who openly fraternize with you but are inwardly against you and have allowed them to pressure you with ideas that are not right for you and have taken your mind off God and into spiritual blindness, bondage and destruction? Your God has just heard your cry and is saying “feel your head your hair has just started growing”! Is someone reading this and worries, fears and persecutions of this world have caused you to lose your focus and given up your most treasured possession: your strength and position as a child of God? Maybe your hair is beginning to grow again. Rise up, ye Samsons, and enjoy other victories. God has them for you!

Comforting thought for the week:

For those who might have lost their loved ones or are in circumstances in life which may have led you to feel clean shaven just like Samson; God is encouraging you feel the top of your head-  Holy Spirit of God says to you Yes, yes, yes, it is coming, the hair is growing (Soon you will begin to feel stronger. The load will be lighter)} Though your eyes will never see again (though circumstances will never change), your hair can grow again (your perspective of how you view your circumstances and our God will change), your strength can return and your power can come back to you –your power to cry upon the lord will be back, your comfort will be back, and your hope in eternal life will be back. You will never be the Samson who once was but God can use you again. You are weak now, but you will fight again. You shall not get your eyes back (we may never reverse our circumstances). They will not grow again (we can never undo what is already done). But you shall get your strength back again, for your hair is growing. You shall be able to strike a blow for your people and for your God (yet in your grief the Holy Spirit of God will comfort you and surely you shall comfort others as the scriptures says).

Our prayer for you today

Our heavenly father we prayer that we –(my family and our reader) may be able to guard the anointing that God has placed in our lives. Help us not to fraternize with people and circumstances that are not right for us. We thank you for the gifts you have placed in our lives. Help us to keep them and use them for your glory and your Kingdom. Heavenly father we do pray that you may keep our hair growing. We know Heavenly father through the salvation and redemption given by your son Jesus Christ we are great conquerors we now allow you Mighty God to properly conquer us. For this we humbly prayer through the sacred name of your son Jesus Christ. Amen.”