Judges 16:20 And she said, The Philistines be upon thee, Samson. And he awoke out of his sleep, and said, I will go out as at other times before, and shake myself. And he wist not that the LORD was departed from him.”

One of the greatest moments in a Christian’s life is to realize God working in and through you. Seeing something done that you know you cannot do is sobering and humbling.

Knowing that…

One of the greatest fears any child of God should have is to do God’s work in their own power.

Samson knew that his power came from God. He used it to afflict the Philistines. Whether it was killing a thousand men with the jawbone of a donkey or carrying the gates of their city away on his back, Samson knew that came from God.

The factors that led to his demise, grinding at the wheel of the mill house, blinded and chained are many.

He played with his gift. A Nazarite should be set apart and in communion with God. He practiced ritual cleanings and was to keep themselves from unclean food and animals. We do not read of any of these things about Samson. 

He spent his time among the enemy. He defied his parent’s wishes and played with his gift by taunting his enemies.

But God was still able to use him. God said as much when he told his father of his son’s future. 

Judges 13:4-5 Now therefore beware, I pray thee, and drink not wine nor strong drink, and eat not any unclean thing: For, lo, thou shalt conceive, and bear a son; and no rasor shall come on his head: for the child shall be a Nazarite unto God from the womb: and he shall begin to deliver Israel out of the hand of the Philistines.”

Did you see that? Begin to deliver? Not a total deliverance, but begin to deliver them from the Philistines.

What happened in the end, Samson killed more in his death than when he was alive.

Judges 16:30 “And Samson said, Let me die with the Philistines. And he bowed himself with all his might; and the house fell upon the lords, and upon all the people that were therein. So the dead which he slew at his death were more than they which he slew in his life.”

We who read benefit from hindsight into Samson’s life and judge what he should have done or could have done. But do we heed the warning his testimony reveals?

Don’t play with your gift.

Use what you’ve been given for God’s glory.

Shun any and all things unholy in your life and do not justify them when they tempt you to do so.

I am sure there are many more applications than we could print, but I think you get the picture.

The unfortunate thing, though, is those who read and are unaffected by the lesson being taught. Let us all take heed and listen to Samson as his life cries out, “Don’t play with the world; it will kill you in the end.”

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