But he did not know that the Lord had departed from him. Judges 16:20
Judges 16 tells the tragic story of Samson. In letting his lover cut his Nazirite-vowed hair, he disobeyed God, squandered his opportunities, and undermined his own power—yet he didn’t realize it. He reminds us of the church of Laodicea in Revelation 3:17, which thought it was rich and needed nothing—“and do not know that you are wretched, miserable, poor, blind, and naked.”
It’s frightening to think how easily we can sustain a false impression of ourselves. Being poor in spirit and humble before the Lord means we understand our true condition. Without God, we are miserable even when we think we’re happy. We’re poor even when we think we’re rich. We’re doomed to hell even as we’re looking forward to our next vacation or special event.
When we know who we are without God, we can discover all we can be with God. He is the Source of our power, joy, usefulness, and eternal wealth. Be sensitive to His spirit, responsive to your conscience, and walk closely to Him who knows the number of hairs on your head.
Samson…was reduced to a pathetic shred of a man because he never got control over the lusts of his flesh. Nancy DeMoss Wolgemuth
Charles Spurgeon Sermon – Samson Conquered