And it came to pass, when she pressed him daily with her words, and urged him, so that his soul was vexed unto death, that he told her all his heart...
Do not be misled: Bad company corrupts good character.
Intimacy is more than physical. Whether we want it or whether we don't, a spiritual connection forms, too: a hookup longer and stronger than touch.
Countless promising and productive lives are laid low by bad associations.
Pretty Delilah was Samson's downfall. She sold out God's strong man for money. How?
She used feminine wiles to seduce him. Next, she wore him down with persuasive words to reveal the source of his great power.
Has someone you love ever pressured you to do the wrong thing or walk the wrong path?
After Samson gave in to Delilah, he was captured, blinded and put on show. (He forgot God's warnings about close friends.)
Actors, models & talent for Christ: be careful of the company you keep. Turn your backs on friends (or even loved ones) who deliberately tempt you to sin. Also, be careful of the words you hear, because 'Death and life are in the power of the tongue' (Proverbs 18:21).
Within the entertainment industry, alluring Delilahs are everywhere: Beautiful people with self-serving plans who'd like to hook you for personal gain. You'll see them on shows and advertisements. You'll meet them in auditions and on sets.
What's a God-loving performer to do? Didn't Jesus give you a commission? To go to the world, even Hollywood?
Yes! But being the Lord's ambassador (and increasing the talents He gave you) doesn't necessitate intimacy with seemingly charming non-believers.
Like the Good Samaritan on the road, be a helpful friend everywhere you can. But reserve your closest relationships for proven brothers and sisters in Christ.
NOTE: This is a 2021 update of a 2011 Carey Lewis Devotion. You may see notes to 'Actors, Models & Talent for Christ.' If you think you're not in show business, think again. Shakespeare said, 'All the world's a stage and all its men and women merely players. Mostly true. But you're not merely players. You are messengers and ambassadors for the King of kings.
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Intimacy series.