Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Don't Be a Delilah

If you're not familiar with the story of Samson & Delilah, you should go pay a little visit to the Old Testament book of Judges. Samson's story starts in Chapter 13, but it is in Chapter 16 we meet Delilah.

We're told Samson, a man of great strength, was in love with Delilah. He told her the secret of his great was his hair, it had never been cut. And she told the Philistines (his enemies), and they cut his hair, and gouged out his eyes, and bound him with shackles, sending him to prison.

Samson loved Delilah. But she betrayed him by sharing his weaknesses. How about you? Are you sharing your husband's weaknesses? Oh, perhaps not with his enemies, but with your friends?

Proverbs 31:11 says, "The heart of her husband trusts in her." When we share our husband's weaknesses with others, we are in fact weakening him further. Keeping his weakness between you and your spouse will strengthen your marriage.

That isn't to say that as women we don't sometimes need a trusted girlfriend to share our issues with. That isn't what this post is about. But certainly you know who your trusted girlfriend is. It isn't the group of gals together at your ladies night out. It isn't even in your group Bible study. You can ask for prayer in a general manner without specifics. The Bible is clear that the Holy Spirit can intervene with others are praying for us, and don't need the details. As wives we must respect our husbands.

Finally, stay away from the proverbial scissors. We may not cut our husband's hair and take their strength - but we may cut them down, and in doing so steal their strength in our own eyes, and in theirs too.

Your husband, like you, is God's dearly beloved. Are you treating him as such? Don't be a Delilah.



Sharon Sloan said...

Great post Kelly!!!

It also reminds me of this verse:
Proverbs 14:1
The wise woman builds her house, but with her own hands the foolish one tears hers down.

Awesome word today!


Starry Dawn said...

Hi Sonya,
I am really pleased to meet you.
I have joined your wonderful blog.
My name is Starry Dawn. I am a Christian grandmother, a poet and writer. God bless you, Sonya, and those you love!!
Amazing posts you have got here.
In God's Garden,
Poet Starry Dawn.

Sonya Lee Thompson said...

This is a great post, Kelly! Well said. I love the analogies.