Women are powerful. Many times we don’t feel it, but we have far more power than we often realize. Do you remember Delilah? She was one of the most powerful women in the Bible. She “took out” Samson, the world’s strongest man. Can you imagine? Big, powerful muscles and Fabio hair, wrapped in a man who served God? He was unstoppable. The Philistines couldn’t touch him, but a woman was his downfall.
We all know the story. Delilah seduced Samson and asked the source of his strength. She asked three times before he gave in. And then, while he slept with his head in her lap, she called in a man to cut and shave his hair. When his strength had left him, Delilah turned him over to the Philistines who bound him, gouged out his eyes, and made him grind grain in the prison.
But Samson “died” before his hair was cut. What was it really that killed him? Was it Delilah’s beauty? Her intellect? Her overt power? No. That would make the story too far from us; it would make her the evil woman with whom we have nothing in common. In fact, we have far more in common than I like to admit.
Here’s what the Bible says:
It came about when she pressed him daily with her words and urged him, that his soul was annoyed to death. Judges 16:16 NASB
Words kill. We say, “sticks and stones may break my bones but words will never hurt me.” That’s not true. Words create. God created the Universe with words. The Word became flesh and redeemed us all. Words also destroy. Solomon had much to say about the power of words. Consider this:
With his mouth the godless man destroys his neighbor, but through knowledge the righteous will be delivered. Prov 11:9 NASB
Or ponder this:
A soothing tongue is a tree of life, but perversion in it crushes the spirit. Prov 15:4 NASB
Reading this story made me think back to all the times my words have nearly annoyed my husband to death. How many times have I pressed him daily with my words? How many times have my words, even my questions, put him in an uncomfortable position? Have I pressed him to give up his power? Sure I have, and those times caused chaos in my home. When I hold back and ask God for His words, then we are more likely to have peace in our home.
Pleasant words are a honeycomb, sweet to the soul and healing to the bones. Prov 16:24 NASB
So you see, women really are powerful. We have the power to heal and nourish with our words. We also have the power to destroy. Father, show us how we can use the power of our words to bring healing and nourishment.
About the Writer:
Wendy is a wife and mother who works full time in Risk Management. Here at First Dallas she serves in Sunday school, helps coordinate Angel tree, and teaches at Discipleship University. Her greatest joy comes from discovering how following Jesus can greatly impact her daily life and the lives of those she cares about in innumerable, practical ways.