“Then she cried out, “Samson! The Philistines have come to capture you!” 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.” – Judges 16:20
Power failures are almost always unexpected. On the third day of my fishing trip last week I jumped in the truck to take off for the lake. When I turned the key, there was a strange clicking and then…nothing. For no apparent reason my battery had died overnight.
The loss of power changed everything. I could go nowhere. I could do nothing…until I took care of the power failure. A new battery was the answer to my problem.
Samson had lived “fast and loose” with the call that God had placed on his life. His focus had been strictly on himself and satisfying his selfish desires. He had broken every part of the sacred vow that was supposed to define his life.
In Judges 16, Samson had so digressed from the will of God that he was now being “lulled to sleep” in the lap of the world. His power was being stripped from him, not by the absence of his locks but by the absence of the Lord in his life!
The telling tragedy of it all was that Samson was absolutely clueless as to what was going on. When the warning was sounded and the time for battle began, Samson did not even realize that he was powerless.
We are totally dependent on God. Whether we want to admit it or not, we are nothing without Him and we can do nothing without Him!
Samson’s life and predicament portrays an ominously accurate picture of much of the church and many Christians today. Much of Christianity today is ignorant of its plight and powerless in its function. We have been lulled to sleep in the lap of the world while the enemy waits at the door to take us captive.
As a result of all of this, Samson lost his freedom, lost his vision and lost his purpose (Instead of being a judge of Israel, he found himself grinding grain in a Philistine dungeon!). The application for us is both obvious and powerful!
Before you and I can go anywhere–before we can do anything of eternal importance—we must be connected to the Power Source. The Holy Spirit must fill us to the full! Sin must be forgiven and forsaken. Our hearts must be yielded and open to the filling of the Spirit.
Jesus must live His life in us and through us…or we are dead where we sit! Just like my truck, we are going nowhere without power. Jesus said, “But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you. And you will be my witnesses, telling people about me everywhere—in Jerusalem, throughout Judea, in Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” – Acts 1:8
Are you living your life in “power failure mode?” If so, it’s time to get plugged in to the Lord…and get going!