And she said, “The Philistines be upon thee, Samson.” And he awoke out of his sleep, and said, “I will go out as at other times before, and shake myself.” And he wist not that the LORD was departed from him. Judges 16:20
What is missing Samson? He did not realize that he no longer had the LORD with him.
There are a lot of things Samson did that was a sin against God. Eating things that his Nazarite vow forbade him to eat, such as the honey from the dead carcass of the lion he had killed with his bare hands. He loved a Philistine woman which was not even the right thing to do for any Israelite, and he took up with all sorts of womanizing. Yet, God was with him… at least until his hair was cut by a deceitful, lying, schemer named Delilah.
Now, I am not approving of Samson’s actions, but of the presence and power of God on him, until God was not there, as he sadly assumed.
Samson is like many of us. He is a popular Biblical character, even today. Maybe that is because we can identify with him too much.
There are many cases in the Bible where people assumed that God was with them, and they found out in a very frightful way, that He was not. For example Numbers 14:40-45 where after rebelling against the LORD to enter the land of Canaan, they rebel again by trying to enter after they have been forbidden to do so.
We never do things like that do we? Ha Ha! When the LORD leaves us it is not so much that the LORD leaves, it is that we have left Him.
As Samson’s hair began to grow and he was growing nearer to the LORD in his blindness, the LORD gives him victory over the enemy of Israel (Judges 16:23-31) when he called on the name of the LORD (Judges 16:28), and the LORD heard him.
No matter what we may do in life that causes us to separate from God He is working to bring us back to Himself.
If you do not know God through His Son Jesus Christ you have no idea what I am writing about. You can by calling on the name of Jesus who died on the cross for our sins, was buried, and He rose again. He will then be with you everyday from now through eternity.