And his strength went from him.—Judges, 16:19.

This text made such a deep impression that I often thought upon it and read the chapters relating to Samson again and again, but could not at once see the lesson which I wished to gain. Not long ago the text came to me again and a clearer sense of its meaning showed me that when Samson, who was noted for his strength, was faithful to God, when "the Spirit of the Lord" was upon him, he could easily kill the lion, and when evil would bind him and cause the Philistines to come against him, he was able to conquer error with the same ease and by the same means. He thus proved that the true victory is gained "not by might, nor by power, but by my spirit, saith the Lord of hosts." Later, when he yielded to the sins of worldly ease and apathy,—pictured as Delilah, he was beguiled, and when asleep "his strength went from him," he lost his sight and was bound and ridiculed by those who caused his downfall. This affliction was, however, a lesson to him; he afterwards repented, asked God for strength, and his prayer was answered.

We are taught in Science and Health that if we obey Principle we also can destroy error, and perhaps the most dangerous enemy would be as readily destroyed, as was the lion by Samson. We should be watchful, and guard lest we too cherish some idol which may cause our downfall. Our beloved Leader has given us so many helpful lessons to guide and to shield us that we should show our gratitude by the faithful study and following of her teachings; knowing that "we shall reap, if we faint not."

The Healing Leaves
November 26, 1904

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