Judges 16:1-22

Today's Passage: Judges 16:1-22 

In our passage, we see a prime example of the struggle temptation brings in our lives. As believers in Christ, we need to be reminded that sin is nothing to play around with. We are at war against Satan and his armies every day. Samson shows us how temptation can quickly overcome us. 3 things we see about temptation:

1. Temptation tries to seduce (v. 5).

The Philistines come to Delilah and tell her to seduce Samson. Sin and temptation try to promise satisfaction for your life. It says this sin is better than God. It’s what happened to Adam and Eve in the garden – they were persuaded the fruit would be satisfying.

2. Temptation piles shame (v. 15).

Delilah reminds Samson over and over how he has mocked her, but then she asks, “How can you say, ‘I love you,’ when your heart is not with me?” She begins to shame Samson for not giving her what she wants. And we can quickly fall into this shame trap too. We believe God could never love us, want us, choose us. We can never be free from sin. But shame and self-pity are food for Satan’s attacks.  

3. Temptation makes you weary (v. 16).

Samson was exhausted by her continual asking and so he gave in. There are times where you might feel bogged down by all that is happening in life, but in those moments, we need to be seeking and relying on the Lord. He is the only one who is going to be able to help us through it.

We need to be reminded of 1 Corinthians 10:13: 13 No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it. 

God is faithful! And He provides a way of escape!

Written By: Brice Stockton

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