Devotional Guide, Today’s Reading – Saturday, August 22, 2020

Theme: THE FRAILTY OF MAN

Text: “And she said unto him, How canst thou say, I love thee, when thine heart is not with me? thou hast mocked me these three times, and hast not told me wherein thy great strength lieth. And it came to pass, when she pressed him daily with her words, and urged him, so that his soul was vexed unto death.” – Judges 16:15,16.   

Comment: Samson’s professed love for Delilah, a strange Philistine woman, turned out to be his greatest undoing. Concerning him, an angel proclaimed: “For, lo, thou shalt conceive, and bear a son; and no razor shall come on his head: for the child shall be a Nazarite unto God from the womb: and he shall begin to deliver Israel out of the hand of the Philistines.” – Judges 13:5.

As a judge in Israel, he used his strength to deliver his people from forty years of captivity from the Philistines (Judges 13:1). He was endowed with ability to perform exceptional feats, even prevailing against a wild beast: “Then went Samson down, and his father and his mother, to Timnath, and came to the vineyards of Timnath: and, behold, a young lion roared against him.  And the Spirit of the LORD came mightily upon him, and he rent him as he would have rent a kid.” – Judges 14:5,6.

But the disclosure of his true secret to his wife,- that no razor should come on his head Delilah – was the cause of his downfall. (Judges 16:16,17) The “Philistines took him, and put out his eyes, and brought him down to Gaza, and bound him with fetters of brass; and he did grind in the prison house.” – Judges 16:16-31.     

We pray God Almighty to help us to remain steadfast in keeping and doing the His commandments.