“When he woke up, he thought, “I will do as before and shake myself free.” But he didn’t realize the Lord had left him. So the Philistines captured him and gouged out his eyes…”
After being easily deceived by Delilah’s cunning plans, Samson, in a moment of madness and weakness revealed the secret to his strength. Verse 19 tells us that as Samson lay asleep in the lap of Delilah having just had his hair shaved off, the Philistine army came in and captured him, took out his eyes, chained him up and led him to a prison to grind grain.
What Samson didn’t realise when he woke up, was that because he had broken the covenant his parents made with God when he was a child, to not cut his hair, the Lord had left him and his strength had departed. It was for this reason that he was able to be captured. However, the story doesn’t end there. In fact the next part of the story is what earns Samson his credibility and why he is among the Heroes of faith in the book of Hebrews.
After finally capturing their enemy, the Philistines rulers threw a party to dedicate their victory to their god, dagon. While they were all half drunk, they called out for Samson to come and entertain them. Little did they know that Samson’s hair had already started growing back. In an act of sheer courage and bravery, Samson wisely asked the young servant to prop him up against the pillars of the temple, called out to God for one final injection of supernatural strength and tore down the roof and the temple, crushing and killing over 3000 Philistine rulers.
Interestingly it was only when Samson was humanly blind that he realised his spiritual blindness. In fact this is the only time that Samson called on God to give him strength and didn’t rely on his own ability. Something must have changed in that prison. Moreover it is such an important lesson for us to learn, that when we live our lives in our strength and for own desires, it leads to spiritually blindness and imprisonment. It is only when we rely on God, that He can fully use us according to HIS will in our lives. Sometimes, however, it takes huge circumstances in our lives to realise that we are spiritually blinded to our selfish way of living. We must pray that God would open our eyes to our spiritual condition so we can live in the fullness of all God has for us.