For the past few weeks in Sunday School, we’ve been studying the story of Samson. Samson’s story is one that I’ve heard numerous times growing up, but hearing it again as I’m older has put it into a completely new perspective. There are several things we can learn from Samson’s life.
Samson was granted incredible power from God in the form of his long hair. One would imagine that with such amazing power, he could conquer anything in life. But there was one thing he couldn’t conquer: his flesh. Samson’s life was tragic. More than once he found himself at the mercy of a foreign woman; the most famous of these was Delilah. Not only did he give into his flesh, Samson showed flashes of arrogance throughout his life, never owning up to where his strength came from. It was only after he was humbled by the Philistines that he finally admitted that God was the source of his power.
Samson was human. He failed just like us. His strength was able to protect him from all kinds of deadly physical situations, but when push came to shove, Samson gave into the weaknesses of his flesh and worldly desires, and lead to his downfall. In life it might be easy for us to fall into the same traps. Unless we keep our eyes on God at all times, we can fall into temptation and arrogance. No amount of strength, smarts, or wealth can outshine God’s help in our lives.
So keep your eyes on the prize and remember where our true strength comes from. As Psalm 121: 1 says:
I lift up my eyes to the mountains—
where does my help come from?