How Could He Trust Her?

Today’s Journey Through Scripture Readings
Judges 16-18; Luke 7:1-30

OK folks, I was so tired when I was typing this last night I fell asleep in the process. That is something I never do. It resulted in a post that had stuff in it that made exactly zero sense. I have gone back and done some very needed editing. Have a blessed day.

15 Delilah said to him, “How can you say, ‘I love you,’ when you won’t trust me? Three times now you’ve made a fool out of me and not told me what gives you such great strength!”16 She nagged him with her words day after day and begged him until he became worn out to the point of death.

17 So he told her his whole secret. He said to her, “No razor has ever touched my head, because I’ve been a Nazirite for God from the time I was born. If my head is shaved, my strength will leave me, and I’ll become weak. I’ll be like every other person.”

18 When Delilah realized that he had told her his whole secret, she sent word to the rulers of the Philistines, “Come one more time, for he has told me his whole secret.” The rulers of the Philistines came up to her and brought the silver with them.

19 She got him to fall asleep with his head on her lap. Then she called a man and had him shave off the seven braids of Samson’s hair. He began to weaken, and his strength left him.20 She called out, “Samson, the Philistines are on you!” (Judges 16:15-20, Common English Bible)

How gullible could Samson possibly be? He kept trusting (but not completely)Delilah. She would ask him the secret to his strength. He fed her lies, for the most part, and every time he lied he caused her embarrassment (or so she said) when she went to tell the Philistines the secret so they could safely invade Israel. Did he never stop to ask her, “Why are you telling the Philistines in the first place?”

Delilah would ask Samson his secret and he would make up something new to tell her. The words were barely out of his mouth and she would run to the Philistines and share the false “secret” with them. They would hatch a plan to weaken Samson and it would fail miserably, much to Delilah “embarrassment.” She would then complain to Samson about not trusting her with the secret and he would tell her something made up again.

After this happening several times Delilah had enough. She confronts Samson in a way only a significant other could possibly do. “How can you say you love me when you don’t trust me?”

Perhaps it was a weak moment or perhaps it was more than that. Samson finally gives in and shares his secret. She then got him drunk, invited the Pharisees in who gave him a serious haircut and Samson was no longer the same man.

It seems to me that Samson wanted a relationship with the girl who first asked the question regarding the secret to his strength.  She continued to ask and he continued to answer with lies until the time came when he could lie no longer, or so he thought, if he wanted to keep the girl.

Today we don’t think much about things like haircuts. It is just something we need from time to time. And while a haircut might not kill us, it might cause embarrassment if the barber is a goofball and not interested in what looks good. But, in the end, it is only hair and it will grow back, probably. For Samson, it was more than just hair. For him, it was being obedient to the vow he made before God as a Nazarite.

Samson’s strength, more than his physical strength, his inner strength, came as a gift from God because of his commitment. When Samson shared the secret he placed something above the vow he made to God. When any of us place something else ahead of our relationship with God, it will only serve to weaken us because we are no longer the person God calls us to be.


Have a blessed day in the Lord.

With Joy and Thankfulness,

Copyright 2018, J. Keith Broyles, All Rights Reserved


Spirita Spiro (Esperanza for "Spirit's Breath) is rather new in my life. But the blog is not. I began writing a blog several years ago. It lived under the title, "The Pastor Ponders." Over the years I have tried several different names and "The Pastor Ponders" always seemed to fit best. I am trying again with Spirita Spiro. For 27 years I was a full-time pastor in the United Methodist Church. This year, August 2018, I semi-retired (I can't actually retire quite yet) and began teaching social studies. It is something I have always wanted to do and if I was going to do this, I needed to make it sooner rather than later. So, I made the move. I thought with the career change there also needed to be a name change to the blog and other things, such as spiritual direction. Spirita Spiro is my attempt to share some of my thoughts. I often share what I am thinking with my dog "Bishop," but he keeps his thoughts to himself. He will even go to sleep sometimes while I am sharing my thoughts with him. The truth is, if it doesn't involve getting his ears scratched, his belly rubbed or some kind of treat, he really doesn't care. I will say this for him, he never argues with me or tells me I am wrong. So, I decided to share some of my thoughts with whoever might come across this blog in their ramblings around the Internet. I live with my wife Cindy and our little dog in Lufkin, Texas. I spent the past 27 years as a full-time United Methodist pastor. Most recently I served as pastor of First United Methodist Church in Sweeny, Texas. I have also served United Methodist congregations throughout East Texas including rural Madison County (Elwood UMC), Lovelady (First UMC) and Kennard (Center Hill UMC), Canton (First UMC), rural Smith County (Mt. Sylvan UMC and Union Chapel UMC), Grapeland (First UMC), Tyler (Pleasant Retreat UMC), Santa Fe (Aldersgate UMC), Freeport (First UMC) and Oyster Creek (Oyster Creek UMC), Diboll (First UMC), and now Sweeny (First UMC). My wife Cindy and I have been married for over 40 years. We have two grown sons. Wayne and his wife Nikki and all our grandsons (Kaleb, Noah, and Jaxon) live in Southern California. Christopher and his wife Morgan and both our granddaughters (Jenna and Natalie) live in Tyler Texas. I enjoy preaching and all aspects of preaching from research to writing to the actual preaching event. I also love writing, reading, playing the guitar as well as a bit of drawing. I have spent quite a bit of time over the past two years working with paracord on various projects, mostly prayer ropes I usually give away. I sing bass with a local barbershop chorus called The Coastalaires. I have also recently begun doing a little wood carving. I also enjoy playing with Bishop, something he likes a great deal better than listening to my thoughts. I hold an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Business Data Processing, specializing in Microcomputers from San Jacinto College in Pasadena, Texas, a Bachelor of Science in Political Science with a minor in History from Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, TX, a Master of Divinity from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, TX and a Doctor of Ministry from Carolina University of Theology. When I was a student at Carolina, the school was in Iron Station North Carolina. They have since relocated to Manassas Virginia (Yeah, go figure, a school named Carolina geographically in Virginia). This blog is mostly devotional writing, but there are other things here too. Just about every week I will either post my sermon manuscript or a video of the worship service. On occasion, I will post something I see in society. Occasionally I write a short story, a poem, or a song and will post it here too. I will say this, my motivations for writing this blog are really selfish. I write it to get what I am thinking out of my head and onto something a bit more permanent. They say, after all, once something is on the internet it never really goes away. Still, I hope you enjoy reading it. And, should you desire, you can one-up Bishop and actually tell me what you think. Who knows, it might generate a bit of discussion between you and me and anyone else who might make their way here. With Joy and Thankfulness, Keith Sweeny, Texas May 2018

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