Warrior or Entertainer – CAC Living Water Devotional
THE LIVING WATER DAILY DEVOTIONAL GUIDE
Thursday, April 29, 2021.
(Day of Remembrance for all Victims of Chemical Warfare)
TOPIC: WARRIOR OR ENTERTAINER?
Read Judges 16:1-25
1 Now Samson went to Gaza and saw a harlot there, and went in to her.
2 When the Gazites were told, “Samson has come here!” they surrounded the place and lay in wait for him all night at the gate of the city. They were quiet all night, saying, “In the morning, when it is daylight, we will kill him.”
3 And Samson lay low till midnight; then he arose at midnight, took hold of the doors of the gate of the city and the two gateposts, pulled them up, bar and all, put them on his shoulders, and carried them to the top of the hill that faces Hebron.
4 Afterward it happened that he loved a woman in the Valley of Sorek, whose name was Delilah. 5 And the lords of the Philistines came up to her and said to her, “Entice him, and find out where his great strength lies, and by what means we may overpower him, that we may bind him to afflict him; and every one of us will give you eleven hundred pieces of silver.”
6 So Delilah said to Samson, “Please tell me where your great strength lies, and with what you may be bound to afflict you.”
7 And Samson said to her, “If they bind me with seven fresh bowstrings, not yet dried, then I shall become weak, and be like any other man.”
8 So the lords of the Philistines brought up to her seven fresh bowstrings, not yet dried, and she bound him with them.
9 Now men were lying in wait, staying with her in the room. And she said to him, “The Philistines are upon you, Samson!” But he broke the bowstrings as a strand of yarn breaks when it touches fire. So the secret of his strength was not known.
10 Then Delilah said to Samson, “Look, you have mocked me and told me lies. Now, please tell me what you may be bound with.”
11 So he said to her, “If they bind me securely with new ropes that have never been used, then I shall become weak, and be like any other man.”
12 Therefore Delilah took new ropes and bound him with them, and said to him, “The Philistines are upon you, Samson!” And men were lying in wait, staying in the room. But he broke them off his arms like a thread.
13 Delilah said to Samson, “Until now you have mocked me and told me lies. Tell me what you may be bound with.” And he said to her, “If you weave the seven locks of my head into the web of the loom”—
14 So she wove it tightly with the batten of the loom, and said to him, “The Philistines are upon you, Samson!” But he awoke from his sleep, and pulled out the batten and the web from the loom.
15 Then she said to him, “How can you say, ‘I love you,’ when your heart is not with me? You have mocked me these three times, and have not told me where your great strength lies. ”
16 And it came to pass, when she pestered him daily with her words and pressed him, so that his soul was vexed to death,
17 that he told her all his heart, and said to her, “No razor has ever come upon my head, for I have been a Nazirite to God from my mother’s womb. If I am shaven, then my strength will leave me, and I shall become weak, and be like any other man.”
18 When Delilah saw that he had told her all his heart, she sent and called for the lords of the Philistines, saying, “Come up once more, for he has told me all his heart.” So the lords of the Philistines came up to her and brought the money in their hand.
19 Then she lulled him to sleep on her knees, and called for a man and had him shave off the seven locks of his head. Then she began to torment him, a and his strength left him.
20 And she said, “The Philistines are upon you, Samson!” So he awoke from his sleep, and said, “I will go out as before, at other times, and shake myself free!” But he did not know that the LORD had departed from him. 21 Then the Philistines took him and put out his eyes, and brought him down to Gaza. They bound him with bronze fetters, and he became a grinder in the prison.
22 However, the hair of his head began to grow again after it had been shaven.
23 Now the lords of the Philistines gathered together to offer a great sacrifice to Dagon their god, and to rejoice. And they said: “Our god has delivered into our hands Samson our enemy!”
24 When the people saw him, they praised their god; for they said: “Our god has delivered into our hands our enemy, The destroyer of our land, And the one who multiplied our dead.”
25 So it happened, when their hearts were merry, that they said, “Call for Samson, that he may perform for us.” So they called for Samson from the prison, and he performed for them. And they stationed him between the pillars.
Therefore let, him who thinks he stands take heee lest he fall (1 Corinthians 10:12)
A warrior is a brave or experience soldier or fighter, while an entertainer is someone who amuses others. In the Kingdom business, we are called to warfare against the forces of our arch-enemy (Eph. 6:10). God commissioned Samson even before his conception. He chose him as a Nazarite to Himself, a deliverer of His People, and deposited in him all he needed to succeed. He began to deviate from God’s original purpose when he began to do things in his own way, yoking himself with the sworn enemies of God. He was trapped and ruined by his familiarity with Delilah, the harlot. Pitiably, the enemies of God which he was empowered to defeat preyed on the powerful but complacent Samson. Ah! A God-ordained Nazareth and warrior became an entertainer to God’s sworn because of disobedience.
Who are you in Christ? A warrior or entertainer? How do you handle the task committed to you as a minister, worker, leader, etc. Doing it to impress others, and merchandising your God-given gift and calling? As a Pastor, hope you have not left the altar into the hands of members overseeing the tables of food, finances, and festivals (Acts 6:1-4) it is saddening today that a lot of people who are hungry for the Word of God come to church and go back home starving, because the preaching of the Word is given low priority compared to the ‘irrelevances’ making the service a social gathering.
How are you fairing in your line of duty? (Rev. 2:5). Be a warrior and not an entertainer in the kingdom business.
- Lord, I refuse to deviate from Your original plan and purpose for my life.
- Father, restore as many ministers as have deviated from their God -given tasks to embrace irrelevances.
- Pray that the fire of the Gospel of Christ will not quench in our churches and lives.
EXTRA READING FOR TODAY:
I Samuel 14:44 – 16:20; Luke 19:10 – 19:31.