20 Then she called, “Samson, the Philistines are upon you!”
He awoke from his sleep and thought, “I’ll go out as before and shake myself free.” But he did not know that the Lord had left him. Judges 16:20
This is one of the saddest verses in this story of Samson. I lost count on how many times I read that the Lord was with Samson. Here it says plainly that the Lord left him. He lost all his strength. He betrayed himself for what he thought was love. Delilah proved untrustworthy 3 times prior to this last time. Samson forgot who he was and gave her the key to his weakness. Here Samson’s biggest enemy was himself, not the Philistines. Thankfully when we fail and betray ourselves the Spirit of God does not leave us as He left Samson. He gives us the inner strength to do better the next time. The Holy Spirit is that little voice that is in the background saying “don’t do that.” He is there to convict not to condemn. Anything condemning is from either the enemy or our own thoughts. One lesson I took from this is if we want to stay strong, keep being obedient to God and He will show you favor.