Never let your guard down like Samson: The story of Israel is repeated again and again. Israel did evil: then God delivered them again into the hands of the Philistines. When Israel was in this distress, Samson was born to Manoah and his wife who had been childless. The Angel of the Lord declared that Samson would be special, and therefore had to follow some restrictions. "Now therefore, please be careful not to drink wine or similar drink, and not to eat anything unclean. For behold, you shall conceive and bear a son. And no razor shall come upon his head, for the child shall be a Nazirite to God from the womb; and he shall begin to deliver Israel out of the hand of the Philistines" (Judges 13:4-5).
There were three restrictions that the Angel of the Lord had imposed on Samson and his mother (while she was carrying him in her womb):
- Should not drink wine or similar drink (that is intoxicating)
- Should not eat anything that is unclean
- Should not get a haircut with a razor
We should be careful that we never let our guard down like Samson. We should always operate under strict boundaries that are given to us in God’s word, and should shy away even from those things that may appear to be improper and lead us away from God. Let us pay close attention to the following verses that will guide us in our daily living: "All things are lawful for me, but all things are not helpful. All things are lawful for me, but I will not be brought under the power of any" (1 Cor 6:12). "Or do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own? For you were bought at a price; therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God's” (1 Cor 6:19-20).