Doing the Delilah

The Holman Illustrated Bible Dictionary states the meaning of Delilah’s name as “with long hair hanging down.” How fitting that it is Samson’s hair that ultimately brings her a vast fortune. One source said the 1100 silver shekels from each of the five rulers of the Philistines would equal fifteen million dollars today. That ain’t chump change.

Before we dismiss Delilah as an evil witch who stooped lower than we ever would, let’s think about it for a minute. What did she do, really?

She found herself with an opportunity. A highly sought after man falls for her. Those looking to destroy him offer her something she wants in exchange for information. Once she gets the information, she gives it away and gets what she wanted. She didn’t kill anyone, she wasn’t even the one who shaved Samson’s head or gouged out his eyes. (That had to make a mess.) 

Judges 16:19 After putting him to sleep on her lap, she called for someone to shave off the seven braids of his hair, and so began to subdue him. And his strength left him.

She put him to sleep in her lap. That’s pretty intimate. Then she proceeded to betray the one who loved her. It reminds me of Judas betraying Jesus with a kiss. That’s pretty intimate, too.

What must that feel like? You trust someone with your deepest vulnerabilities and they sell you out, literally. Seemingly without a second thought.

Can you imagine your devastation if that happened to you? If the one you loved most turned their back and went their own way. It is a crushing pain to be sure.

Have I ever done that to anyone, even unintentionally? Have I ever caused that kind of pain? Have I ever turned my back on a friend or family member? Or turned to God who loves me more than I can fathom and said, “No thanks, Lord. I’ve got this. I don’t need you right now.” And then walked away. Have you?

Sadly, I have done the Delilah. I’ve turned my back on God and gone my own way. It breaks my heart to know I’ve broken His. 

But God! Each and every time I come back to myself he is right there forgiving me. Assuring me, and you too, there is no way we can mess up enough to make Him stop loving us.

Glory to God for leading us back to Him! Every time.



Hey there friend! Andrea McCaskey here. I believe everything happens for a reason, life is meant to be lived in relationship with others and there is beauty to be found everywhere if we look. I am a friend of God, wife of Jamal and mother of Brandon and Madison.

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