I am not sure how long it has been since you read the story of Samson and Delilah. It's a Sunday School classic (although I am not sure why) found in Judges 16. I will give you a quick recap…
Samson was Israel's leader. A man with super strength that allowed him to defeat their enemy, Philistines, for many years.. He had taken a Nazarite vow from birth which was the secret to his strength. He wasn't the most noble guy and he started to get into some trouble. He got involved with the wrong girl. She betrayed his trust multiple times but somehow manage to get him to tell her the secret of his strength. She betrayed him for money to the Philistines. The story goes downhill from there.
The saddest verse of the whole story is verse 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."
Samson got involved with the wrong people. He got wrapped up in bad relationship. And he got so deep into it, he didn't even realize Lord's strength had left him.
The thing is, if you want to get involved with the wrong people, go the wrong way, God will let you. But He will remove his strength from you. And you probably will not even notice until it's too late. You will pay a high price.
The good news of God's grace is that it is renewed by simply asking. It is called repentance.
Here is what David prayed when he confessed his sin…
Create in me a pure heart, O God,
and renew a steadfast spirit within me.
Do not cast me from your presence
or take your Holy Spirit from me.
Restore to me the joy of your salvation
and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me.
If you find yourself feeling apart from the Lord's strength, you can get it back. That's the beauty of God's grace.
I hope you have a great weekend!