Apr 14th 2021 · Day 104
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A few years ago we were blessed with a trip to New York. We were there for a couple of days and we prepared a busy schedule to see as much as we could in the time we had. A trip up to the Rockefeller Center was a highlight. From the top of the tower, the skyline is breathtaking. I cannot put into words the sheer expansive feeling and beauty of the city.
There are huge, thick glass panels to stop people falling from the tower. These see-through barriers protect people from falling accidentally, or even intentionally. The vulnerabilities are mitigated by these guards.
We all have vulnerabilities in our lives, and we would do well to erect barriers around our lives to protect us from falling. Sadly, in our reading today, in Judges 16, Samson didn’t put safeguards around his life, and the result was that this incredibly strong and uniquely gifted man found himself exploited by the enemy, through the seductive allure of Delilah.
Samson was called by God to live a faithful life. He took a Nazarite vow to not cut his hair, but his vows were broken as he relaxed in the lap of Delilah. This is a picture of our lives when we succumb to the satanic lullaby which often echoes in our culture. We must not drift into sleep, but be alert and aware of the enemy’s tactics. One way to do this is to put safeguards and boundaries around our lives.
Do you need to erect walls today to protect your spiritual life?
Pause and reflect: Ask the Lord to show you any areas of weakness or vulnerability in your life that might need special protection. Think about ways you can put boundaries in place. Perhaps talk to a trusted friend or Christian leader about what you might need to do.
Clyde is a passionate follower of Jesus who serves as the lead pastor of Victory Church and the UK director for Hope Center Ministries. He is married to Rebekah and together they are sold out for the cause of Christ in their generation. He started Bible in a Year to help people grow in their devotional lives. Follow him on Twitter: @MrClydeT
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