Most people know something about the story of Samson. He is usually depicted as muscle-bound, but the Bible says nothing of his appearance, except his hair. It wasn’t good genetics, weightlifting, and high protein diet that made him strong. God gave him incredible strength for the purpose of delivering his people from the oppression of the Philistines. And most people know the name “Delilah” in connection with Samson. She tempted him and he gave in. Captured and blinded, he became a trophy for his enemies.
- Sin will take you farther than you want to go. [Samson tempted, Judges 16:4-20]. Samson followed sin wherever it took him and thought he could always find his way back. He was wrong. Sin will take you places you never thought you would go and in more trouble than you ever imagined.
- Sin will keep you longer than you want to stay. [Samson in bondage, Judges 16:21]. Samson died in bondage. Jesus said, “I tell you the truth, everyone who sins is a slave to sin” (John 8:34).
- Sin will cost more than you want to pay. [Samson dying, Judges 16:30] His sin resulted in his eyes being gouged out and being shackled like an animal. Sin can cost you your family, health, and career.
At the very end, Samson cried out to God to die in one final blow to his enemies. Samson is a story of what might have been, of potential wasted. Samson is in the Bible as a warning. Heed the warning.