Sometimes, when we face certain monsoons in our lives, it is simply our own fault. For example, if we continuously spend money that we do not have, and end up in credit card debt, the poor financial situation that we are in is our own fault. There is no other way around it. Sometimes we cause our own monsoons to pour all over us. The question is: what do we do when we get in a monsoon that we could have avoided? We are going to be reminded today to take our commitments to God seriously in our study of Samson in the book of Judges.
Share a funny story with your group about a time when you had to admit that something was your own fault.
1. Why do you think God allows us to go through monsoons as a result of our bad decisions?
2. In what ways did Samson have everything going for him (Judges 13:1-5)? In what ways has God set you up to be effective for Him?
3. Read Judges 16:17-22. What were some of Samson's greatest weaknesses or things that held Samson back (habits, distractions, hang-ups)?
Finally, Samson shared his secret with her. “My hair has never been cut,” he confessed, “for I was dedicated to God as a Nazirite from birth. If my head were shaved, my strength would leave me, and I would become as weak as anyone else.”
Delilah realized he had finally told her the truth, so she sent for the Philistine rulers. “Come back one more time,” she said, “for he has finally told me his secret.” So the Philistine rulers returned with the money in their hands. Delilah lulled Samson to sleep with his head in her lap, and then she called in a man to shave off the seven locks of his hair. In this way she began to bring him down, and his strength left him.
Then she cried out, “Samson! The Philistines have come to capture you!”
When he woke up, he thought, “I will do as before and shake myself free.” But he didn’t realize the Lord had left him.
So the Philistines captured him and gouged out his eyes. They took him to Gaza, where he was bound with bronze chains and forced to grind grain in the prison.
But before long, his hair began to grow back.
4. What is one of your greatest weaknesses? How can we help you as a group?
5. This past weekend we made the statement: How does a person wreck their life? They do it one step at a time. One foolish choice at a time that leads to another foolish choice and then to another foolish choice. How have you seen this in your own life or the lives of others?
6. Read Judges 16: 28-30. What caused Samson to refocus on his commitment to God?
Judges 16: 28-30
Then Samson prayed to the Lord, “Sovereign Lord, remember me again. O God, please strengthen me just one more time. With one blow let me pay back the Philistines for the loss of my two eyes.” Then Samson put his hands on the two center pillars that held up the temple. Pushing against them with both hands, he prayed, “Let me die with the Philistines.” And the temple crashed down on the Philistine rulers and all the people. So he killed more people when he died than he had during his entire lifetime.
7. How can you refocus on your commitment to God so that you do not make the same mistakes that Samson made?
As followers of Christ, our call is to glorify God and to know Christ and to make Christ known. We have all individually and specifically been gifted with gifts and talents to carry out that calling. With this calling in mind, take a few moments to think about your specific purpose and make a purpose statement. How has God uniquely gifted you to glorify Him by knowing Christ and making Christ known? When you write your purpose statement, share it with your group. If you need more time, then simply tell them your ideas and take time throughout the week to formulate this statement. After every person has shared, pray for each other to stay committed and focused on this purpose God has given you.
Wallpaper available for download in the Sagebrush App.
The Lord is merciful and compassionate, slow to get angry and filled with unfailing love.