Of lust and women…

Posted: June 5, 2015 in devotionals
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(Read Judges 13-16)

It is sadly ironic that, though identified as one of his nation’s foremost judges, Samson never made any attempt to drive Israel’s enemies out of the land. In fact, he was happy to interact with the Philistines, even to the point of marrying one of them. Though he was only interested in serving himself, the Lord would superintend Samson’s selfish choices to secure Israel’s deliverance and ensure Philistia’s demise (Judges 14:4).

That quote came from John MacArthur’s book, Twelve Unlikely Heroes. He wrote about Samson who was a flawed being yet God used him in spite of his weakness for women. He continued by saying…

If Samson were Superman, his own sinful desires were his kryptonite. He could kill a lion, but not his lust. He could break new ropes, but not his old habits. He could defeat armies of the Philistines, but not his own flesh. He could carry away the gates of a city but allowed himself to be carried away when lost in passion.

When I think about Samson, what comes to my mind is when we think of relationships that are not meant to be. Think of a believer and an unbeliever, or a mature Christian pairing up with someone who is still relatively new in the Lord.

Consider the following about Samson…

#1 He was Israel’s judge (Judges 15:20). He was someone who delivered Israel from the Philistines. He knew who he was and knew who the God of Israel is.

#2 He had trouble with lust and women. He would go for a Philistine even if he knew that they were not supposed to inter-marry with people in Canaan (Deut. 7:3). Yet he chose a daughter of a Philistine (Judges 14:1), even if his “love” is just superficial since he just “saw” the woman, and she is “right in his eyes” (Judges 14:3). It was lust. It wasn’t really love. He went after a prostitute in Gaza (Judges 16:1). He went after another Philistine, Delilah (Judges 16:4).

It wasn’t a one-time event. He had a habitual sin when it comes to lust.

Then we can look at ourselves. We are just so like Samson. We know who we are in Christ. We know that God has chosen us to be salt and light in this world, yet there are times when we also have trouble with lust and women. For others, the trouble is with power, or money, or fame, but we are just like Samson. We really would go for our favorite sin, time and time again.

Samson paid for his sin. It cost him his life. His lust caught up with him and we know the story.

In the same way, consider this as a warning. When we think we can get away with sin, think carefully. There really is no escape from the penalty of sin. God will not be mocked. The story of Samson is placed in the Bible for us to be reminded that although God used him, he paid for his sin with his life.

Sin will not go unpunished.

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