"I fear that...I myself might be disqualified." 1 Corinthians 9:27
Let us take another look at Samson!
- He broke the rules! The relationships he formed destroyed him. The Bible warns: "Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers" (2 Cor 6:14). An ox and a donkey cannot work in the same harness. Why? Because their natures are different! When God says "no" to certain things He is not being difficult, He is being protective. Heed Him!
- He lived by his impulses! He thought he was in love when he was only in heat. When confronted about his relationship choices he replied, "She pleaseth me well" (Judges 14:3). Before it was over he became a laughing-stock. Peter writes: "Abstain from sinful desires, which war against your soul" (1 Peter 2:11). In war the strongest side wins, so keep your impulses in check.
- He misused his gift! Samson exploited his God-given strength for personal gain. Listen to these words spoken to his Philistine buddies, concerning a bet he had made with them: "Then shall ye give me" (Judges 14:13). God gives us gifts to fulfill His purposes, not ours. When we misuse them we end up in trouble.
- He was blind to his weaknesses! You may not like to believe that your private imperfections will have public consequences, but you cannot escape what you are. If Satan attacked Jesus 3 times in the wilderness, he is not going to give you a free pass! Protect yourself! Satan always attacks those who are in line for God's blessing. Why does God make such a big deal of this? Because sin hurts us, and anything that hurts one of His children makes Him angry.