"Her Nazarites were purer than snow" (Lamentations 4:7).
A question was asked once; how can a young Christian live godly in today’s ungodly world? One thing is certain that Satan will use every art and device he can command against a Nazarite. If the Christians mingle with the ways of the world-forgetting their heavenly calling-Satan will leave them alone. For in that condition, as he well knows, they are worthless for God’s service and testimony. But if they are awakened to the absoluteness of the Lord Jesus’ claims, and walk in the Spirit as well as live in the Spirit, they will soon discover that they will have to encounter the snares of the enemy. It is on this account that the history of Samson is very instructive, teaching us first that the power of God is with the one who is separated unto Him; and second, showing us the character of the temptations to which he is in danger. It is therefore profitable to consider these, that we may be forewarned of the "hidden rocks" that lie in the Christian’s course. Now the strength of the Nazarite can only be maintained by walking in communion with God, and in obedience to His word. Samson lost both of these conditions by allowing himself to be governed by the sight of his eyes and by the sway of his natural feelings. The surest sign of backsliding is ignorance of one’s own condition, for the backslider becomes gradually habituated to the loss of the enjoyment of the Lord’s presence, leaving him helpless in the hands of his enemies. May the Lord keep us near to Himself, in the secret of His own presence, and make us ever watchful against any departure from the way of holiness, that in the constant practice of self-judgment, we may abide always in communion with Him, and in obedience to His word. We need to be constantly in the presence of God, and to cry with the Psalmist, "Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts: and see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting" (Psalm 139:23).
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