By Bryan Matthew Dockens of Las Vegas, Nevada
Samson was a man in whom the Holy Spirit was active (Judges13:25). On three occasions, inspiration reveals that "'the Spirit of Jehovah came mightily upon him": once when he tore a lion apart with his bare hands (14:6), another time when he slew thirty men (14:19), and finally when he broke free from the ropes that fettered him (15:14). He would eventually be lauded as a hero of faith (Hebrews 11:32).
Yet, he surrendered to the wiles of Delilah and revealed the secret to his power (16:16-17). She acted on that information "and his strength left him" (16:19), "but he did not know that Jehovah had left him" (16:20).
God does give up on people who prefer sin (Acts 7:42; Romans 1:24-26), and allows those who once enjoyed His favor to suffer alienation (Acts 8:13-24; Hebrews 10:26-31; 2nd Peter 2:20-22). When apostates stray toward death (James 5:19-20), they are usually, like Samson, unaware of their godless condition, having been deceived by the lies of the Devil (John 8:44). The only thing worse than being without God is not knowing it.