“Are you in health, my brother?” 2Sa 20:9 NKJV
Never take God for granted. Don’t become overly familiar with spiritual things. Samson did that and he paid dearly. After discovering the secret of his strength: “[Delilah] lulled him to sleep on her knees, and called for a man and had him shave off the seven locks of his head…and his strength left him. 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. Then the Philistines took him” (Jdg 16:19-21 NKJV). It’s a story of tragedy. Samson was born to lead Israel to victory. But instead he gave in to his lowest impulses, consorted with the enemy and thought he could get away with it. Listen to him: “I will go out as before, at other times.” But this was one time too many. His disobedience hadn’t robbed him of his supernatural strength before, but it did this time. He crossed a line and ended up losing his sight, his strength, his liberty, his credibility, and his usefulness. Eventually he died a prisoner of the Philistines. You say, “Today’s devotion sounds a bit harsh.” No, it’s protective! The Bible says, “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom” (Pr 9:10). When you persist in disobeying what you know God has told you to do and think you can escape the consequences, you’re headed for trouble. Repent, get right with God and get back on track while you still can.