The Man or the Money?

Some time later, he fell in love with a woman in the Valley of Sorek whose name was Delilah. -Judges 16:4

Last week we touched on Samson’s mother and how it’s not easy accepting the decisions our children make. This week we continue with the life of Samson and the lady that led to his downfall-Delilah.

Delilah was a sultry, appealing, and a deceptive woman. She was aware of the influence her exotic beauty had on the opposite sex and she used Samson’s weakness for women to play right into her hands.

The rulers of the Philistines urged Delilah to “entice” Samson into revealing the source of his strength. The price for betrayal- 1,100 pieces of silver (Judges 16:5).

In modern money that’s about 15 million dollars.

unnamed-1Not much is mentioned about Delilah. We know her name and where she lives but what about her status in the community? Was she a wealthy widow? Or a harlot? Perhaps she found herself in a situation where the  only way to secure her future was accepting the bribe offered by the Philistine rulers. So it’s easy to see that she chose the money over the man.

Samson loved Delilah but we know by her actions she did not love him. She prodded Samson for the answer to his great strength and each time he responded with a lie. She loses her patience with him and she pouts-her bottom lip sticking out for him to see.

“How can you say, I love you when you won’t confide in me?”  Judges 16:15

She played the sympathy card, toying with his emotions hoping he would give into her and reveal his secret.

He gives into the guilt of seeing his love unhappy and revealed his secret. Delilah  wastes no time and the damage is done.

image-6What would you be willing to do for that amount of money? Would you be go back on your principles and morals for a few extra dollars in your pocket?

I understand people will do anything for money. They accept bribes, sell drugs, steal and invent schemes but at what cost to them and those involved. What will money do for them?unnamed

Money buys many things but it does not buy happiness, character, self-respect or dignity. It may buy you nice cars, houses, a closet full of shoes or an extravagant vacation but those are material things. They are not what is important. I don’t want family, friends and co-workers to remember me for the things they saw but for what they couldn’t see- a kind heart and loving soul who put God first.

1 Corinthians 3:18 says: Stop deceiving yourselves. If you think you are wise by this world’s standards, you need to become a fool to be truly wise.

Sometimes we find ourselves looking for answers in the wrong people, places and things. We are not to put our trust in anyone but God.


img_1204editTonya Masoner is a part-time legal assistant and full-time school custodian. She enjoys thrift shopping, pizza Sundays, and binge watching Netflix. She loves telling people-“God’s got a sense of humor… I don’t even drink coffee.” Her Breath on Paper bio can be found here.

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