PLEASE READ THIS FIRST: Judges 15-16
What do you sense the Lord saying to you in this passage?
“I have been a Nazirite dedicated to God from my mother’s womb.” (Judges 16:17)
A Nazirite was someone devoted (nazir) to God (like a monk or nun, Numbers 6:1-21).
They chose to not cut their hair, not drink wine, and not touch dead bodies.
God chose Samson to be His devoted servant and leader, but he was a loose cannon.
Inflamed by pride, rage and lust, he was no model of devotion or integrity.
As a Jesus-follower, I am devoted to following Jesus in serving God in the world.
Samson’s story teaches me that God can use even sinners for His purpose.
But it also shows me there are consequences for giving in to my sinful desires.
Samson was so self-confident that he started to think he was unstoppable.
Sadly some Christian also live recklessly, assuming God will protect them.
Jesus reveals what perfect devotion looks like – unlike Samson or myself.
God used Samson – and uses me – to help His kingdom purpose advance.
But our confidence cannot be in ourselves; we are flawed, and we will fail.
Our confidence is Jesus, the perfect Nazirite who stayed true to God to the end.
I am a Jesus-follower dedicated to God… but His devotion, not mine, is my real hope.
Lord, I can relate to the flaws and folly of Samson. Thank You for stepping in to be the perfect Leader on my behalf, and beating Satan for me. You are my strength and hope!