The importance of God’s ANOINTING in our lives
March 17 Bible Reading: Judges Chapters 16-18
"So he awoke from his sleep, and said, "I will go out as before, at other times, and shake myself free!" But he did not know that the Lord had departed from him" (Judges 16:20)
Samson had fallen into trouble and danger many times before by his love of foreign women, but he did not take these warnings seriously. His blind love for Delilah (Judges 16:4) and her constant daily pestering made him blurt out the truth: "No razor has ever come upon my head, for I have been a Nazirite to God from my mother's womb. If I am shaven, then my strength will leave me, and I shall become weak, and be like any other man" (Judges 16:17). We should note that Samson’s herculean powers did not arise from his hair, but from his peculiar relation to God as a Nazarene. His unshorn locks were a sign that he was a Nazarene, and a pledge on the part of God to endow him with supernatural strength. Samson’s hair in itself was not the cause of his strength but since it was the chief condition of God’s covenant, God withdrew His presence and anointing when the covenant was violated. We see that the anguish of Samson’s suffering was so much greater than all the pleasures of sin he had got so far: "Then the Philistines took him and put out his eyes, and brought him down to Gaza. They bound him with bronze fetters, and he became a grinder in the prison" (Judges 16:21)
It was God’s anointing through the presence of the Holy Spirit alone that enabled Samson to fight his battles and judge Israel. That anointing alone can help us today as well. We may be born again and that is certainly the work of the Holy Spirit. But we must still know the Spirit of the Lord coming upon us and empowering us to serve the Lord. We should never be satisfied to do God’s work without the power of the Holy Spirit. We can never do God’s work without the power of the Holy Spirit. Even Jesus who lived a perfect life for 30 years - Who was born of the Spirit, and Who had lived in obedience to the Holy Spirit for 30 years – had to be anointed by the Holy Spirit before He went out to serve His Father. As He prayed in the river Jordan, the Spirit of God came upon Him. We need to follow His example. Any amount of knowledge or natural gifts can never be a substitute for this anointing from God. We need to live under this anointing constantly. Samson’s example is a tragic reminder to us how we can be anointed at one time, and then lose it later due to our willful sins.