Written by RGT   
Thursday, 23 July 2020 08:33

                                                                                WHAT’S YOUR DELILAH?


     Here’s a confession. I’ve run ahead of God and taken matters into my own hands at times. Truth be told, I think we all have. The result? They’re called consequences, or more often…drama. We like to think and speak of drama as ‘stuff’ happening in our lives that is usually 1) Very unpleasant, and 2) Usually brought on by others. I tend to disagree. When you dig down into the ‘drama’ of our daily lives, you most always find one very important theme—it all involves you!

     The Bible says, “There is a way that seems right to a man (woman), but its end is the way of death.” (Prov. 14:12) In other words, if you act or live contrary to God’s word and contrary to reverent wisdom, you end up with consequences, and they’re usually not fun! Today’s culture and disregard for obedience to God says, “If it feels right to me and I’m not hurting anyone, then it’s it right for me.” Yep. Ok. How’s that working out for you? I have a friend who claims social media is a source of coveting for her. It makes her feel less satisfied with her own life and more desirous of what others have.  She was on there quite often drooling over the beautiful children, husbands, vacations, and lifestyles that friends and acquaintances were only too happy to paste all over for the world to see and admire. As you can tell, I’m not a fan of our obsession with posting our so-called ‘beautiful lives’ for the world to admire, or wishing you had one to do so with.

     In the Old Testament, the heathens practiced child sacrifice to foreign gods. In today’s world, we would call it sacrificing our kids for the sake of our career, money, lifestyle, pursuits, etc. It’s acceptable sacrifice because it’s standard practice now and everybody does it!! They had lots of gods to bow to back then, just as we do now. We bow at the altar of having chiseled beautiful bodies, gorgeous husbands or wives, a career to envy, a mini-mansion or palace to call home, incredible vacations to ‘die for’, a foreign brand of car that says you’ve arrived, a 401K that could choke a horse, and a lifestyle that many would or do envy. “Look at me!” We have whole industries and companies set up for our proud, self-centered tendency to display our selfies to the world.

     In Judges 16, we read about a man of God called Samson who saw a prostitute and spent the night with her. This tells us something about his character. He falls for a woman named Delilah. The Philistines keep offering money to her to get him to reveal the secret of his strength. The fact that she repeatedly tries says a lot about how she felt about him. She would freely accept bribes to find a way to hand him over. Yeah, that’s love! Sure! Eventually she finds a way and he is betrayed into the hands of his enemies and subdued. He loses his favor from God and his divine strength. Why? Because he let his love for this deceitful woman and his total disregard for the gift and calling from God blind him.  In today’s vernacular; he peed it away.

     Let me be clear. I’ve done this more times than I care to recall. I’ve made my habits/goals/desires more important than God and I’ve chased them with fervor and abandon. Now I have consequences, regret, wasted time and opportunities, and some resulting pain. Let me also be clear; “His mercies are new every morning. Great is Thy faithfulness.” (Lament. 3:22-23) God forgives! God shows mercy! If we repent! There are lots of people, places and things we can chase in this life. All of them will leave us filled with regret, and empty. But if we become “God chasers” our lives will be filled with joy, purpose and fulfillment. God made it to be so, and it will never change. So you must decide today, even right now. Do you want consequences and drama, or peace, purpose and fulfillment? The choice really is up to you. You can be forever on the phone or social media telling the world what a victim you are or bragging about your ‘beautiful life’, or you can do as Joseph did in the Old Testament; remain faithful and obedience right now where God has you, regardless of circumstances. God knows exactly where you are, and your true motives for doing what you’re doing. I read this last night about those who perished in the wilderness after leaving Egypt and witnessing all the miracles of God. “But they soon forgot what He had done and did not wait for His plan to unfold.” (Psalm 106:13) They wanted to worship what they wanted to worship. They chased their own ‘Delilah’s’ and took matters into their own hands. Read the next few verses to see how well that worked out for them. It wasn’t good! “Choose right now, blessings or curses.” (Deut. 30:19) You really do get to choose!