*WISDOM FOR TODAY.*
*WHAT IS YOUR WEAKNESS?*
Heb 11:32 *And what shall I more say? for the time would fail me to tell of Gedeon, and of Barak, and of Samson, and of Jephthae; of David also, and Samuel, and of the prophets:*
*Insight and Highlight.*
Judg 16:30 *And Samson said, Let me die with the Philistines.......So the dead which he slew at his death were more than they which he slew in his life.*
Samson was a great man, endowed with the Spirit. He was noted mostly for sporadic exploits, often with extraordinary and supernatural influence.
Samson was well summarized in Heb 11:33 as one who *".....stopped the mouths of lions."* (Judg 14:5-6).
Heb 11: 34 *".....out of weakness were made strong, waxed valiant in fight, turned to flight the armies of the aliens.*
Samson fought confrontations on bitter lines, and he treaded lands of enemies with victory through the Spirit but fell not by enemy sword but by himself as his own enemy.
One of our greatest enemy is self.
No matter how powerful or influential we could be, being wise in one's own eyes is a major contributor to the fall of anyone.
One of his most defiant statements was in Judg 14: 2 *".....1 have seen a woman in Timnath of the daughters of the Philistines: now therefore get her for me to wife.*
Though a man of great strength and vigor, Samson was a weakness for women.
He was a disrespectful young man to his parents and was so distant from them or people who could give him good counsel.
*".....having eyes full of adultery, and that cannot cease from sin;...which have forsaken the right way, and are gone astray,....who loved the wages of unrighteousness;...*, 2 Pet 4: 14-22.
Samson was a good consolation but a pitiful communicator.
A good consolation because of his eventual realization of what he was called to do by God. He died fulfilling God's purpose for Israel over their arch enemy, the Phillistines.
A miserable communicator because he could have told God to help him avenge the Phillistines without dying with them.
Knowing there is nothing God could not do, He may have healed his eyes and made him live a more meaningful life of restoration, if God willed.
His life teaches us that the same eyes that saw Delilah were the first to be taken out of the way.
God whom he could not see with his physical eyes, he was able to see with his blind eyes.
God was giving him the Spirit as He willed. Several times, the scriptures would tell us that the Spirit of the Lord came on Samson.
He did not need to pray before the Spirit came on him.
He did not seek God when he had his eyes, but he sought God when he had no eyes.
Throughout Samson's time as Judge, not one record of prayer or thanks to God for his sporadic exploits except when he sought God for a final revenge against the Philistines.
The Spirit records his bravery, and he remains unforgettable for dealing with God's enemies in his most deplorable state.
God was with him even before his birth. He did not leave him until he betrayed himself.
He remains one of God's most loved men of faith.
His life is a lesson, just as the lives of Moses, Jephthah, Gideon, David, etc.
We must deal with what we know is our shortcomings or else they will cut us short.
We must not lie to ourselves that we are wrong or have a sin that could easily beset us.
What is your weakness?
Not dealing with your sin is a sin on its own. In other words, it is a sin if you do not deal with your sin
*Call to Word action.*
Numb 32:23 *But if ye will not do so, behold, ye have sinned against the LORD: and be sure your sin will find you out.*
*The Christian clarion duty.*
If there is a sin in your life, deal with it now before it deals with you.
Lord, help me to deal with my sins and shortcomings, in Jesus name.
Good morning all and have a blessed day today.
God bless you.