He was a strong man before there were strong man events! 

He was already doing cross fit before there was cross fit. 

He was stronger than Arnold ever was! 

No one could touch him! Who am I referring too? 

His name was Samson! He was a strong man! He could do anything. And that was part of the problem. 

But because of his great strength he would become weak! 

Because of his great strength he would become blind. 

He would judge over the nation of Israel for 20 years, Judges 16:31. 

One of his biggest weaknesses was women. Consider the following statements below…

“She looks good to me.” Judges 14:3

“Now Samson went to Gaza and saw a harlot there, and went in to her.” Judges 16:1

“After this it came about that he loved a woman in the valley of Soren, whose name was Delilah. ” Judges 16:4

Yep, that about sums it up. 

3 times Delilah tried to destroy Samson. But each time Samson kept returning to her. What was he thinking? He wasn’t. It was a trap relationship. It’s like watching a scene in a movie where you’re screaming at the screen yelling “Get out its a trap!” But Samson stayed. 

“It came about when she pressed him daily with her words and urged him, that his soul was annoyed to death.” Judges 16:15. His strength became his weakness. 

He thought, “I’m strong and I will always be able to get out of this situation.” That’s what he was thinking.

“I will go out as at other times and shake myself free. But he did not know that the LORD had departed from him.” Judges 16:20

He was strong but he became weak. His strength became his weakness. He had so many victories he thought he would never lose. 

Samson would become amusement for the Philistines, Judges 16:25. 

But God…

Would give him another chance. He would become strong one more time, Judges 16:28-31.

What about us? Sometimes our strength can become a liability. It can cloud our judgment. Samson didn’t listen to wise counsel, and sometimes we don’t either. Why? Because we’re too strong! 

But like Samson our strength can often become a weakness for us. 

Our strength must reside in the true and living God and not in ourselves. 

Learn and Live not Live and Learn!