Have you ever been in a situation that has negatively impacted you, whether it was work-related, a personal relationship, or an emotional matter? You came out of it thinking, “Why was I so dumb” or “How did I not see or notice that?” Well, guess what? You are not alone! Have you ever wondered why you allowed such situations or relationships to linger on so long and did not notice any signs of its negative impact in your life? This very answer is what I am going to answer for you in this message. To do so, I must first share with you the biblical account of Samson from a different perspective. Then, I will share with you the causes of his blindness and how they relate to us today. Lastly, I will share with you how to break any blinders in your life. The goal of this message is to allow the Holy Spirit to speak into your life and help you grow closer to the Lord. So, if you are ready for this spiritual journey, let us begin!
Many of you have heard of the biblical account of Samson, the mightiest judge of Israel in one way, shape, or form. There are biblical comics and cartoons made about him and his life is one of the most known biblical accounts in the Bible next to Jesus and the major prophets. However, have you read the sixteenth chapter of Judges lately? If not, I will share with you small portions of his story to provide the depth required to share his biggest struggle, his spiritual blindness to be more exact.
Before Samson was born, a messenger of the Lord came to his mother and told her that he would be a Nazirite from birth (Judges 13). He was not to drink alcohol or eat anything unclean. His entire life was to be dedicated to the service of the Lord. This was a tremendous calling. Anytime the Lord sent a messenger and identified a specific person in the Bible, that person did some amazing works for the Lord. The Holy Spirit worked tremendously in their lives, and Samson was no exemption. Now fast forward to when he was an adult. Samson would slay the enemies of his people by the hundreds, and at times by over a thousand. God blessed him with the strength and stamina of many men.
However, what leads to his downfall was not the blessings the Lord had provided him with from birth but his sins. Samson was a womanizer and chased after women whenever he had the chance. This sin eventually leads to his physical death, however, when you read about his life you will notice that God was trying to get him out of the situation that he was in but Samson went spiritually blind. He was so consumed by his sin (lust) that he could not see anything other than what he wanted to see. I will provide some biblical accounts from the sixteenth chapter of Judges now so you can understand exactly what I mean.
First, Samson was warned by his parents to find a woman among his people, the people who had a reverence for God, and did not worship other false gods. However, Samson was tempted by the lustful women of God’s enemies. This should have been the first red flag for Samson because his parents strongly warned him against this very thing, however, Samson allowed temptation to lure him into a direction that he knew he should not be going. As time passed by, Samson went to Gaza and saw a harlot there and he went to her (Judges 16:1). Here and now, a man of God fell into temptation and went to a prostitute. When the people of Gaza knew that Samson was with the harlot they planned to kill him. They planned to jump him and kill him in the morning but Samson woke up at midnight and left the city. He used the spiritual gift that God gave him to break through the city doors and he left.
Then, Samson traveled to the Valley of Sorek and fell in love with a woman named Delilah. When the lords of the Philistines found out about this, each of them offered her 1,100 pieces of silver to have her find the source of Samson’s weakness. In today’s value, they each offered her a little over $12,500 to betray the man who loved her. Of course, a person without reverence to God would take such a bribe. God gave Samson three chances to get out of the situation that he put himself in. However, Samson was blind to his circumstances because of the sin that he was in.
It is written, “So Delilah said to Samson, “Please tell me where your great strength is and how you may be bound to afflict you.” 7 Samson said to her, “If they bind me with seven fresh cords that have not been dried, then I will become weak and be like any other man.” 8 Then the lords of the Philistines brought up to her seven fresh cords that had not been dried, and she bound him with them. 9 Now she had men lying in wait in an inner room. And she said to him, “The Philistines are upon you, Samson!” But he snapped the cords as a string of tow snaps when it touches fire. So his strength was not discovered,” (Judges 16:6-9, NASB).
This was the first sign that the Lord gave Samson. Anyone in their right mind would see that Delilah tricked Samson and set a trap to kill him. How else would the Philistines know what he told her, and her alone? However, Samson’s common sense was blinded by the sin in his life. He was more worried about the sin in his life than the circumstances that sin caused him to begin with. Then, the Lord tried to help him a second time.
It is written, “Then Delilah said to Samson, “Behold, you have deceived me and told me lies; now please tell me how you may be bound.” 11 He said to her, “If they bind me tightly with new ropes which have not been used, then I will become weak and be like any other man.” 12 So Delilah took new ropes and bound him with them and said to him, “The Philistines are upon you, Samson!” For the men were lying in wait in the inner room. But he snapped the ropes from his arms like a thread,” (Judges 16:10-12, NASB).
Once again, Samson was betrayed by the person he loved because he failed to look at the big picture. Instead of seeing what caused his situation, to begin with, he was simply focused on defending himself from the people attacking him. His spiritual eyes were clouded because the root of the problem, to begin with, was his sinful desires and the seductress before his eyes. Once again, the Philistines attacked in a manner that Samson told Delilah in secret. However, he once again did not catch that simple truth. I can imagine God in the background saying, “Come on are you serious!” However, did this second situation help break Samson’s blindness? Nope!
It is written, “Then Delilah said to Samson, “Up to now you have deceived me and told me lies; tell me how you may be bound.” And he said to her, “If you weave the seven locks of my hair with the web [and fasten it with a pin, then I will become weak and be like any other man.” 14 So while he slept, Delilah took the seven locks of his hair and wove them into the web]. And she fastened it with the pin and said to him, “The Philistines are upon you, Samson!” But he awoke from his sleep and pulled out the pin of the loom and the web,” (Judges 16:13-14, NASB).
At this point, the Lord gave Samson three different chances to see the situation for what it was, and Samson refused to see things for what they were because of his sin. Three times the person who he thought he was closest to was asking him about his weakness. This is another red flag! You would think if someone is asking you multiple times what your weakness is, or what would destroy you, that any person with common sense would at least turn around and say “Mind your business.” However, that is what sin does in our lives. It puts us in a state of perpetual spiritual blindness that throws common sense out of the window. Right here and now, God gave Samson three changes to see things for how they were. Did Samson take them? Nope!
Samson ended up telling Delilah his true weakness and she took a razor to his head. It is written, “She said, “The Philistines are upon you, Samson!” And he awoke from his sleep and said, “I will go out as I have time after time and shake myself free.” For Samson did not know that the Lord had departed from him,” (Judges 16:20).
Samson realized when he woke up that the Lord departed from him. This was bound to happen because where there is darkness light cannot be in. Samson would not open his eyes “in” the spiritual and see things for what they were. This caused him to put himself in a situation that he could not get himself out of. However, when it was too late he opened his spiritual eyes, no pun intended because at this point his eyes were ripped out of his head. Samson prayed to God to give him his strength one last time to destroy the people that tricked him and God granted it to him. Samson collapsed the building and all the people that were in it died.
This biblical account is extremely relatable to us today because we have all been there. In the beginning, I asked how many people have found themselves in a situation that they were blinded to. Now think back to that time and identify if you were struggling with a personal sin? Really think back and try to find the instances that God was trying to speak to you with hints or smaller incidences before the floor fell out from under you. You see, we can all find ourselves in a similar situation that Samson was in and not even realize it. His physical circumstances were a direct correlation to his spiritual blindness. He allowed the temptations of this world to lead him to sin. This sin eventually led to his destruction. His story did not have to go the way that we all know it, however, it is a perfect example of how someone anointed from birth by God Himself can fall prey to temptation and sin. Now think what else Samson could have done if he did not die. Now think what more you could do in your life and for the Lord if your blindness was gone as well?
This idea brings about my second point, identifying what truly caused Samson to be spiritually blind. The answer to this is simple and straight forward. Samson was too busy seeing his life from his eyes instead of God’s eyes. God set Samson apart from birth no different than He set us all apart at birth for His purposes. However, like Samson, we all have free will and we have an option to obey the Lord and do what glorifies Him or not. The moment that Samson chose to follow the temptations of this world and fell prey to the sins of the flesh, at that very moment he closed his spiritual eyes and open his physical ones. This is very troubling but it also happens today. Every time we put ourselves before the Lord this happens. Eventually, like Samson, our sinful ways completely blinded us from the Lord’s warnings. We get so spiritually blind that the only way for us to see the situation that we are in for what it is, is for it to explode in our faces. Then, we are left speaking to ourselves saying things like, “How was I so dumb,” and “How did I not see or notice that?”
The outcome of being spiritually blind is a complete lack of discernment! Now, this leads me to my last point. How do we break any blinders in our lives? The only way to break through the spiritual blinders in our lives is to be in the Spirit. For it is written, “The person without the Spirit does not accept the things that come from the Spirit of God but considers them foolishness, and cannot understand them because they are discerned only through the Spirit,” (1 Corinthians 2:14, NIV).
From the beginning of the biblical account of Samson, we see how he was tempted into sin. As born again Christians, we know that any unrepented sin in our lives can place a wedge between God and us. This is because God will not be in the presence of sin. Samson’s life was filled with sin. Even though God used him in the condition that he was in, just like He uses us in our condition, Samson could have done so much more. We are no different! Samson’s spiritual blindness came from him not identifying the sin in his life until it was too late and it consumed him. We are the same. We must identify any sin that is in our lives and repent of them. Truly repent of them, do not try to justify why you are allowing sin into your life and then wonder why your life is falling apart. Get rid of the sin in your life completely and give it to God.
If this sin is a relationship, get rid of it. If the sin is lust in any way, get rid of any sources that your eyes can see. If your sin is pridefulness, get off your soapbox, and humble yourself before the Lord. We do not have to wait until our lives are in complete disarray to question God. We are normally at the root of our demise. We cannot blame God for any situation that we put ourselves in, to begin with. It is not God’s fault, it is our own. So repent and learn from our past mistakes. Since discernment comes from being in the Spirit, which means that our spiritual eyes are open to the enemy’s traps, then we must focus first on our relationship with God.
It is written, “To one is given through the [Holy] Spirit [the power to speak] the message of wisdom, and to another [the power to express] the word of knowledge and understanding according to the same Spirit; 9 to another [wonder-working] faith [is given] by the same [Holy] Spirit, and to another the [extraordinary] gifts of healings by the one Spirit; 10 and to another the working of miracles, and to another prophecy [foretelling the future, speaking a new message from God to the people], and to another discernment of spirits [the ability to distinguish sound, godly doctrine from the deceptive doctrine of man-made religions and cults], to another various kinds of [unknown] tongues, and to another interpretation of tongues,” (1 Corinthians 12:8-10, AMP).
God freely gives us spiritual giftings to protect ourselves and His people from spiritual blindness and any potential bondage. We just need to lean on Him instead of this world or ourselves. This is the only way to break any spiritual blindness that we may find ourselves having. I pray that in this message you are encouraged and that Holy Spirit speaks directly into each of your hearts. If you are finding yourself in a Samson situation, and you do not know why the people around you are betraying you or even why you are in the current circumstance that you are in, take a step back and look up to the sky at the Lord. Pray and repent. Seek the guidance of the Holy Spirit and ask God to open your spiritual eyes. Ask for discernment and wisdom! He freely gives it to those who are walking in His Spirit. This is my prayer for anyone reading this message. May you walk in His Spirit and live a fruitful and blessed life. Amen!