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The Cost of Carelessness

Samson grinding in prison(abstract)

Judges 16:

15 Then she said to him, “How can you say, ‘I love you,’ when your heart is not with me? You have mocked me these three times, and have not told me where your great strength lies.16 And it came to pass, when she pestered him daily with her words and pressed him, so that his soul was vexed to death, 17 that he told her all his heart, and said to her, “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.”

18 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. 19 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. 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.

21 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.

Samson was careless with his God given gift. Even after all the red flags Delilah displayed earlier trying to discover the secret to his astonishing strength, he still went her ahead and told her the one secret he should have guarded diligently! She called the Phillistines and they gorged his eyes out. The eyes are the windows to the soul. The great Samson was mocked and tortured by those that should have never had any access to him in the first place!

How many of us speak to the wrong people about our blessings and aspirations? We even go ahead disclosing our children’s gifts and aspirations to the wrong people. Not everybody is happy of your achievements so it’s wise to know when to keep your mouth shut.

Samson and Delilah

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