Learn From The Fall of Samson
Samson judged Israel for twenty years. He was an unusual child with wonderful parents (Judges 13:2-3).
He was brought up as a Nazarite (Numbers 6:1-21, Judges 13:7), and this meant he had to lead a life of consecration unto the Lord. He was also a man of prayer (Judges 15:18 and 16:28), but he failed so terribly because he had not learnt to bring his body under subjection like Paul did (1st Corinthians 9:27). Samson’s story is a strong warning to every Christian never to toy with sin. Imagine a Judge of Israel lying in Delilah’s lap.
Samson started sinking into sin little by little. First, he fell in love with a strange woman (Judges 14:1-2), then disobeyed his parents when they told him he couldn’t marry her (Judges 14:3). Later on, he slept with a prostitute (Judges 16:1) before he finally landed in Delilah’s lap. Samson did not worry because his supernatural strength remained even while he was committing sin. In fact, one day, He lifted the gates of the city and took them up a mountain just after sleeping with prostitution (Judges 16:3). He did not see a need for caution because despite his misdeeds, the anointing appeared to still be on him. Little did he know that the devil was luring him to a place of no return. Samson eventually landed in Delilah’s lap where he was afflicted and overpowered. While with Delilah, there were several warning signs but he had gotten so deep into sin that he could not stop. The devil lured Samson with seemingly harmless sins until he lost his strength, sight and purpose in life. Ezekiel 18:20 says “The soul that sinneth, it shall die…”
Learn from Samson’s life: Those seemingly harmless sins you are committing and getting away with are simply baits from the devil to encourage you to go deeper. The devil is not stupid; he has planned a big downfall along the line. You must stop those sins now before it becomes too difficult to do so. Everything was okay for Samson years into when he started to fall, but in one night, he hit rock bottom. Learn from Samson and make amends while you have the chance.
article by Pastor E.A. Adeboye