I was reading an article last week by Pastor Charles Stanley. The essence of the article was an examination of the strongest man who ever lived. The life and times of Samson are found in the book of Judges Chapters 13-16. In this story, we read of a man who was so strong that he could kill a lion with his bare hands. He possessed physical strength unequaled by anyone who ever lived. But this great strength could not compensate for his inner weakness.
All of us have areas of weakness. God uses these character flaws to demonstrate how totally dependent we are upon Him. When we handle them properly, they drive us into a deeper, more intimate relationship with the Lord. But “uncontrolled weakness” wreaks havoc in a person’s life.
Now we know Samson’s “Achilles Heel” was uncontrollable lust. Although he was raised in a godly home and had a clear calling in life, he gave in to his desires and deliberately violated the truth he knew so well. Despite Nazirite laws forbidding involvement with foreign women, Samson, pursued a harlot in Gaza. Later, he met a woman named Delilah, and even though her motives were blatantly treacherous, he gave himself over to her; heart, mind and spirit. He was in such bondage to the sin that he ultimately allowed it to dictate his actions, even at the cost of his life.
Before he died, Samson lost everything: his strength, eyesight, and honor. The man who once led his country mightily became a slave to his enemies.
What is your weakness? Insecurity, fear, greed, gossip, pride or like Samson do you wrestle with lust? Personality flaws can be a powerful motivation for good or ill, depending upon our response. A proclivity (I love that word) for sin can ruin your life…as it did Samson’s…or drive you to utter dependence on God. The outcome is up to you. We always have an INTENTIONAL choice!