Judges 16:20– “Then she called, ‘Samson, the Philistines are upon you!’ He awoke from his sleep and thought, ‘I’ll go out as before and shake myself free.’ But he did not know that the Lord had left him.”
It is clear that Samson did not live a spirit filled life even though the Holy Spirit resided in Him. Once his vow to God was completely broken it symbolized that he truly did not care about his relationship with the Lord and that He was willing to care for a woman over his Lord. When the Holy Spirit left Samson he was surprised. He had been living out of the assumption for so long that he could do whatever he wanted–that when he betrayed the Lord, he expected nothing to happen. The truth is he had been betraying his love for many years and it finally caught up to him. He had let the lie creep in that he was completing the Lord’s work by his own strength. When God left him it was clear that the only way he could defend Israel from the Philistines was through the Power of God. When he tried to use his human power he was quickly subdued, beaten, and his eyes gouged out.
Overall, what impressed me in this is the sense that our lives can be used by God in mighty ways even if we are tragically fallen, even if we have pride beyond what is reasonable, even if we are evil. But a lifestyle that goes counter to the Holy Spirit will soon catch up with the one who finally believes that the reason they have so much influence and effect on people is because they are so great due to their own strength–God will humble that person with special discipline. Therefore, we can live willfully sinful lives for only so long, until the time comes when our sin finally overtakes us. At that point, we will have reaped what we’ve sown and it is all in the Lord’s hands as to how we are dealt with. Two verses come to mind:
Hebrews: 3:15 “Today, if you hear his voice, do not harden your hearts as you did in your rebellion.”
Hebrews 10:31 “The Lord will judge his people. It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.”