The Pursuit of Desire – Judges 16:1-21
Samson’s restless spirit leads him to a Philistine town where he does not find a woman to marry but a prostitute to satisfy his needs. Earlier, after a period of separation, Samson goes to his wife but was blocked by her father, who informed Samson that the woman had been given to another man (Judges 15:1). With the prostitute from Gaza, Samson finds another, more corrupt way to find satisfaction.
There are times when we can’t help it; Satan and his demons attack us through temptation. But when we tempt ourselves, we become our own enemy. Remember the Bible says, God doesn’t tempt us.
No one undergoing a trial should say, “I am being tempted by God,” since God is not tempted by evil, and he himself doesn’t tempt anyone. 14 But each person is tempted when he is drawn away and enticed by his own evil desire. (CSB)
When we pray, “Lead us not into temptation.” What are we really praying?
And do not bring us into temptation but deliver us from the evil one. (CSB)
We’re asking that we not tempt ourselves or put ourselves into such a position that we tempt God. We tempt God either by forcing Him to intervene and rescue us or by daring Him to stop us. It’s possible for people’s character to deteriorate so much that they don’t have to be tempted to sin. All they need is the opportunity to sin, and they’ll tempt themselves. Illicit experiences may begin as sweet as honey, but it ends up as bitter.
Samson fell to the Philistines because he could not quiet his restless spirit. He left the Lord to seek satisfaction elsewhere not because he found the Lord wanting but because he never tried the Lord. Often, we seek satisfaction elsewhere, in illicit sex, like Samson, or in money, power, ambition, accomplishment, or security. Why? Because we don't know what we have in Christ. The Bible tells us we lack no blessing. God will withhold no good thing. Our problem is that we lack awareness of that blessing. We lack appreciation. We are not lacking for God's blessings because they are new every morning. Most of us aren't like Samson, chasing after this woman and that, but most of us are chasing after something, and if that something isn't the Lord, we will become restless. Why not return to the Lord and seek a personal relationship with Him today?