Samson was the strongest man in the Bible, which is impressive considering the fact that he didn’t even have a gym membership. He makes the air-conditioned health club look like a playground. Nowadays most guys pump iron while admiring themselves in a mirror, but Samson ripped his muscles the old-fashioned way, by tearing apart lions with his bare hands. I’ve never seen that move at the gym, although once I saw a guy viciously tear apart the wrapper of a protein bar.
Samson also happened to have long hair, a look that normally can only be pulled off by Conan the Barbarian or Fabio. Put simply, Samson had what every Hollywood casting agent desires. The story of his life should be the greatest blockbuster hit of all time. But when you examine his story more closely, a woman would have to really convince her man to see this movie.
WIFE: Let’s go see that new movie, Samson.
HUSBAND: What’s it about?
WIFE: Um, I’m guessing by the title, a guy named Samson?
HUSBAND: Thank you, Captain Obvious. I mean is there action? And does the action outweigh the dialogue by a ratio of 5 to 1?
WIFE: The movie trailer showed lots of blood and violence.
That’s because the movie trailer could never include the shocking truth of the story of Samson. No guy in his right mind would ever want to hear it.
Imagine the voice; you know the one – the booming, familiar voice of the movie trailer narrator. It’s always the same voice, which explains why there are so many starving actors out there.
MELODRAMATIC VOICE: One man….with strength like none other… Only one thing could bring him down…One. Nagging. Woman.
Samson’s ruin came when he put his trust in a woman named Delilah, which might be the Hebrew name for “shrew.” Delilah constantly tried to persuade Samson to tell her the source of his strength so that the Philistines could capture him. That’s the kind way of saying it.
With such nagging she prodded him day after day until he was tired to death.
Samson eventually caved and told her that his strength was in his hair. Confiding in a woman was one mistake. But telling a woman that he had superior hair was the kiss of death.
If there was true justice in this world, Samson should have been given his own line of luxury hair products. Instead, he was betrayed by the woman he loved and then suffered a humiliating death after having his eyes gouged out. I can just hear the male population fleeing in horror from the movie cinema.
Even though the story of Samson resembles a soap opera plot, it serves as a reminder that we should always put our trust in God, not people. A painful lesson that my family learned the hard way this week.
Someone actually betrayed our trust, and the worst part was having to tell my children that the exciting plans we had promised them were coming to a grinding halt. With tears streaming down my face, I prayed and agonized over how to break the news. I just couldn’t bear to break their hearts, so I decided to lovingly hand the job over to my husband. I’m expecting a “thank you” card any moment now.
Dave sat the children down and began by explaining that there are evil people in this world. Mean people who will even hurt innocent children without remorse. The kids listened attentively while their Daddy lowered the bad-news boom. As I braced myself for screaming and crying, I barely heard Grace’s sweet voice tinkling like wind chimes through the storminess of my mind.
“Oh well, I guess God must have a better plan for us.”
Hurt, denial, grief, rage. A myriad of unpleasant emotions had washed over me that day, but Grace chose to drown in God’s love and faithfulness. I had been wallowing in anger, yet my seven-year-old knew exactly where to place her focus.
Do not put your trust in princes, in mortal men, who cannot save…Blessed is he… whose hope is in the LORD his God, the maker of heaven and earth, the sea, and everything in them – the LORD, who remains faithful forever.
The world is full of Delilahs. They crack open our hearts with the guise of sincerity and leave us with the empty shells of their meaningless words. Thankfully, we do not have to accept the same sad fate as Samson. Through Jesus, we have been given strength not only in our hair, but in every fragment of our being, and all we have to do is trust in the Almighty. I always love a movie with a happy ending.