So he told her everything. “No razor has ever been used on my head,” he said, “because I have been a Nazirite set apart to God since birth. If my head were shaved, my strength would leave me, and I would become as weak as any other man.” When Delilah saw that he had told her everything, she sent word to the rulers of the Philistines, “Come back once more; he has told me everything.” So the rulers of the Philistines returned with the silver in their hands. Having put him to sleep on her lap, she called a man to shave off the seven braids of his hair, and so began to subdue him. And his strength left him. Then she called, “Samson, the Philistines are upon you!” He awoke from his sleep and thought, “I’ll go out as before and shake myself free.” But he did not know that the Lord had left him. Then the Philistines seized him, gouged out his eyes and took him down to Gaza. Binding him with bronze shackles, they set him to grinding in the prison (Judges 16:17-21).
It took place so gradually that Samson didn’t realize it was happening. When Delilah shouted, “The Philistines are upon you!” He awoke, and said, “I will go out as before and shake myself free!” But he did not know that the Lord had departed from him.” What a tragic commentary on a man that God had previously used to do great things.
When your heart grows cold toward God it’s usually reflected in a loss of spiritual vitality and like Samson, you’re not even aware it’s taking place. Suddenly your prayers aren’t as effective. You’re no longer a godly influence on those around you. You slip into old habit patterns. It happens as you:
1. Refuse to forgive those who’ve offended you.
2. Fail to make amends to those you’ve hurt.
3. Do what’s expedient instead of what’s right.
4. Harbor attitudes of fear and resentment.
5. Feed your carnal nature and neglect your spirit.
These are the ‘little foxes’ that destroy your vine and undermine your relationship with God (Song of Solomon 2:15). They’re signs that you need a spiritual overhaul. How do you get one? By asking God to highlight those attitudes, activities and relationships that need to be dealt with, then weed them out. The good news is, when you’re obedient to God’s Word and the Spirit’s leading, you can regain your spiritual vitality and He can start using you again.