When Samson married the Philistine woman (Judges 14), he gave a riddle to the guests that they couldn’t solve. So the guests went to Samson’s new wife and threatened her to get the answer. Finally, after several days of pestering and “making his life miserable”, Samson told her the answer and she betrayed him.
Then Samson meets Delilah. The Philistines have bribed her to learn the secret of his strength. She asks. She pesters. She “makes his life miserable” and he gives in and is captured by his enemies.
You would think that he would have seen through the repeat performance. You would think that while Delilah was making his life miserable, he would have remembered what happened the last time a woman made his life miserable with her pestering. You would think that he would have seen the warning signs and either stepped up his resolve to resist or stepped away from Delilah. But he didn’t.
Neither did the nation of Israel. The book of Judges is like a see-saw. They follow God, they worship idols. They follow God, they worship idols. They never learn from their mistakes. Unfortunately, neither do we. Only by staying close to the Holy Spirit can we be aware of the mistake we’re about to repeat. Only He can give us the strength and endurance we need to stay on track with God and His plans for us. Plans to give us a future and a hope (Jeremiah 29:11)