Surrendering All "Getting Even" to God
God has given us an inspired record of over 2900 hundred different people in the Bible, for a purpose.
God through those lives captured by Him in His Word wants to show us through their lives how to live right (for doctrine), how to live wrong (for reproof), how to get right (for correction), and how to stay right (instruction in righteousness).
One of those lives captured on the pages of Scripture is Samson, an example of a man who was a hero of the faith, but lived WRONG. His life was characterized by life-long struggles with two big sins: lust and vengeance. We all struggle to some extent with both of those temptations. But, Samson gave into those temptations on a regular basis until they DOMINATED his life.
Romans 12:19 “Beloved, do not avenge yourselves, but rather give place to wrath; for it is written, “Vengeance is Mine, I will repay,”[Deuteronomy 32:35] says the Lord.”
Consequences of Bad Choices
The life of Samson is a tragic story of the cost of yielding to sin.
His life is recorded in Judges as a picture of the destructive power of sin. The greatest enemy Samson had was himself. What a warning to each of us who have the same problem—it is called our flesh. Within each of us a traitorous inclination against God never slumbers, and always smolders. Given any amount of fuel either through the desires of the body, the desires of the eyes or the pride of life—and it blazes to life in a conflagration of destruction.
Samson’s history is an illustration of Paul’s warning in 1 Cor. 9:27:
“But I discipline my body and bring it into subjection, lest, when I have preached to others, I myself should become disqualified.”
Samson was disqualified. In Heaven he was remembered as a man of faith. On earth he was remembered as a man who was disqualified. Hebrews 11:32 cites him for his faith in God’s Word, but apart from this, very little can be said on his behalf.
As a young man probably in his teens, we get the first indicator that Samson was not going the direction the Lord had pointed him. He begins to live by his desires and not God’s. He begins to serve his own lusts and not God's Words. A string of women begin to parade through his life. In fact seven times Samson is guided by the lust of his eyes when he sees women that please him. That was a dangerous choice each time. Here is the list: Judges 14:1, 2, 3, 7; 15:1, 2; 16:1.
The final and deadliest woman is Delilah in Judges 16.4. Her name has become synonymous with lust, deceit, betrayal and ruin. She tries to find the secret of his strength for an enormous bribe. She finally wears him down. Samson knows it is his hair and in a series of three lies he slowly gives clues.
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