This post is Day 27 in a series of studies about “Samson”. I strongly suggest you begin with the introduction to this study, please click here to read it.

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Samson – Day 27

Judges 16:20

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.

The Thought

One of the saddest phrases in this story is the one at the end of the verses yesterday; and his strength left him. But verse 20 today ends with an even sadder and longer lasting tragedy. He did not know that the Lord had left him.

Samson had so taken for granted the presence of God in his life that he didn’t give him a second thought. How sad.

When an adult today becomes a Christian, they become aware of Jesus in their lives. That can have different results depending on the person, and the circumstances around their conversion, but for many there is a joy and freedom that is like a physical presence. Those people would know if The Lord had left them.

Samson was so accustomed to and dependant on his own strength that he didn’t realise it had gone, and the result was disaster! 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 grain in the prison (v21).


Notice today as you go through your day how much you are aware of God’s presence. Do you talk to Him about what you are doing, and thinking? He is there, and He knows.

Meditate on Matthew 28:20 where we read some of the last words of Jesus as He gave instructions to the faithful ones who would carry on His work. Surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.

He will never leave you as He left Samson. What does that mean for you today?

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