Judges 16:17: And he told her all his heart, and said to her, “A razor has never come upon my head, for I have been a Nazirite to God from my mother’s womb. If my head is shaved, then my strength will leave me, and I shall become weak and be like any other man.”
What do you think is the secret of your own strength? Is it how long you pray, how much money you have, who you know, how popular you are, your height, your beauty, or your learning? None of these is good enough to be the source of your strength. Except you do not know who you truly are.
You are more than meets the eye. There is a spiritual dimension to you and is the core of who you are since you are made in the image of God who is spirit (Genesis 1:26-28, John 4:24). The challenge is to be more attached to our spiritual dimension than our physical, or mental dimension; that means we are more attached to God, whom David called his strength (Psalm 18:1), than to anything or anyone.
That was the challenge that Adam and Eve failed, and rather than go to higher plane of existence (Genesis 3), if they had passed the temptation of the devil, they fell into a lower one, almost at par with the animals.
Abraham passed his challenge (Genesis 22). He was committed to the word of God than to his natural affiliations, in willingness to sacrifice of his son according to God’s instruction. Because of that, he entered an higher plane of existence, a higher plane of relationship with God and divine possibilities for his life.
Jesus passed his challenge (Luke 4:1-14). After going through gruelling temptation from the devil and coming out unscathed, having shown unalloyed commitment to the word of God, the bible says Jesus returned in the power of the Holy Spirit. He entered into a higher plane of existence, if that was possible for the Son of God.
For Samson the source of his strength was his hair (Judges 13-16). That represented his identification with his God-ordained destiny, with the call of God in his life. When he revealed the secret to Delilah and it was cut, it meant he rejected his divine side for the fellowship with Delilah, he rejected his supernatural side, his strength, his God, the divine influence over his life to embrace the corruption that Delilah stands for. He rejected the elevated life to serve his emotions.
He was a Nazirite, one dedicated to God with the symbol of not cutting his hair. Samson had seven locks of hair to show for it before they were cut on the laps of Delilah.
And there is a link between his being a Nazirite and the Holy Spirit coming upon him at intervals to cause him to exhibit supernatural strength to defeat the enemy as if they were nothing.
That shows that real strength is in the influence of the Holy Spirit in our lives. That is our strength. It gives back to the Garden of Eden when God poured his Spirit (himself) into the newly formed man (Genesis 2:7). Without the breath (the Spirit) man was nothing. Jesus said: it is the Spirit which gives life, the flesh profits nothing (John 6:63).
The Holy Spirit gives you importance, he gives you relevance. Jesus had to claim to fame or prominence, prior to the coming of the Holy Spirit upon him (Mark 1:28). And he has taken it upon himself to ensure that we all are baptised with the Holy Spirit like he was. Jesus told his disciples that before they move into the world to be his witnesses (their sole claim to eternal relevance) they needed to be filled with the Holy Spirit (Acts 1:8), who will be their strength.
Jesus gave us the Holy Spirit to facilitate our becoming like him. He is the Spirit of Christ (Romans 8:9).The Holy Spirit coming into us counters the influence of the devil, who is the god of this world (2Corinthians 4:4), and also a spirit, around us and now we are able to walk in the Spirit so as not to fulfil the lust of the flesh (Galatians 5:16).
What you will become as a Christian is based on how much you have cooperated with the Holy Spirit. It is not so much what you can do, but what the Holy Spirit can do in you, what you allow him to do.
When the Holy Spirit departed from Saul, an evil spirit came to torment him (1Samuel 16:14), and when David sinned, remembering what happened to Saul, he said to God: take not your Holy Spirit from me (Psalm 51:11). He knew he would not survive without him just as Samson did not.
Samson was a mighty man but was driven to his death by his emotion. When fleshly emotions are allow to overrun our lives, suppressing the voice of the Holy Spirit, then we are in trouble. We should hold what the word of God says above what we feel. Because the Holy Spirit is sent on a mission in our lives by Jesus (John 14:25-26), he is meant to remind us of the word of God, and we should listen when he does and act accordingly.
The word brings changes in our lives and makes us strong. But the bible says the letter kills; the letter of the word (the content stripped of the spiritual impact) makes weak (2Corinthians 3:6). But there is another kind of word which makes strong, it is one powered by the Spirit, the one the Spirit ministers (1Corinthians 2:13). Jesus says the words he speaks are Spirit and life.
What Adam and Eve lost in the Garden of Eden wasn’t so much a place to stay but the Spirit who stayed in them. That was the biggest lost. They became weak because of that.
We cannot even start to imagine how much reduced they were because of sin, how changed in essence they were. You would think the hardest thing for Adam was being out in the field and sweating it out, but it is being out of the presence of God, trying to figure things out on his own.