For all that is in the world—the desires of the flesh and the desires of the eyes and pride of life—is not from the Father but is from the world. -1 John 2:16
The story of Samson covers four chapters in the book of Judges. Samson’s story is both instructional and at its core a tragedy brought about by sin. Here is a young man who was blessed beyond measure. His own birth being announced in what many feel is a Christophany, an appearance by Jesus Himself (whose name would only be described as wonderful). Samson had amazing strength, being able to tear a lion in half and also strike down 1000 men with the jawbone of a donkey. He judged Israel for 20 years. Yet, the story most remember deals with Samson, humiliated, eyes gouged out, and entertainment for the Philistine leaders.
Samson had a heart plagued by desire and defiance. He ignored the instruction of his parents and upbringing, violated his Nazarite Vow, and sought the desires of his eyes. His marriage to a pagan woman as well as his lust for prostitutes led to his downfall. While we cannot thwart God’s plan, our sin brings much suffering to others.
We are not immune to temptation. Whether we are new to the church or have been worshipping for 20 years, let us guard our eyes and hearts from desires of the flesh and world. Let us seek counsel from others and give counsel to brothers and sisters.