Samson Part 2: Focus

In Part 1, I discussed how Samson wasted his potential that God had for him. Part 2, I’m going to discuss how not being focused on the right things in life can cause destruction. If you missed Part 1 of Samson, click here.

And Samson went down to Timnath, and saw a woman in Timnath of the daughters of the Philistines.And he came up, and told his father and his mother, and said, I have seen a woman in Timnath of the daughters of the Philistines: now therefore get her for me to wife.Then his father and his mother said unto him, Is there never a woman among the daughters of thy brethren, or among all my people, that thou goest to take a wife of the uncircumcised Philistines? And Samson said unto his father, Get her for me; for she pleaseth me well.–Judges 14: 1-3

Samson was blessed by the Lord, but he made errors that led to spiritual failure and actual death. He was not focused on the Word of God. He ignored God’s law concerning mixed marriages. He disregarded his parents God-given instruction in order to fulfill his own desires. He chose to enjoy the short pleasures of sin and express his human desires that were unpleasing to God. He misused the gifts that God had given him.

After his wife was killed, Samson wanted to avenge her death (Judges 15:7). His fight with the Philistines was more about anger and revenge than doing God’s will. In Judges 16:1, we see where Samson’s sexual lust got the better of him, as he took a harlot. Samson also fell into the trap of telling Delilah what the source of his strength was. I’ll talk more about that in Part 3.

As talked about in Samson Part 1, Samson wasted his potential. That potential was wasted due to not focusing on the right things in life and mainly God. It’s easy for us to fall into sin and lose our focus on God’s will for our lives, which causes us to not use what God has given us. Not having the right focus also causes God not to use us. As stated before in previous blog posts, God doesn’t need us, we need God.

So how do we not become like Samson and stay focused on God?

First, we need to be in the Bible reading every day. Being in the Bible lets us get the foundation that we need. Many times when trouble comes I remember a verse that either helps in the situation or provides some comfort. Second, we need to make sure we are praying and constantly in communication with God. This is how we let God know what our struggles are and how he tells us to handle those struggles. Third, we need to make sure we have the right people around us. So many times what we would say are good people, get caught up in the wrong crowd and end up getting away from God.

We should always be on guard, to make sure we’re not losing our focus on God. When we do, that’s when we fall. Just like when Peter took his focus off Jesus, he started to sink. We are the same way.

Samson: Part 1 Wasted Potential

For the next few days I want to talk about Samson, and how we should strive not to be like him. Sure, as men, we would all like to have his strength, but he had some major character problems, that we should be on the outlook in our lives to make sure we don’t have or to correct.for

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.–Judges 13:5

From the beginning, Samson was called by God to be of the highest example, a Nazarite. Nazarite means to set apart and dedicated wholly to the Lord. The law of a Nazarite can be found in Numbers 6. They were to separate themselves from alcohol, have nothing from a vine tree, refrain from cutting their hair, not be around any dead bodies, and be holy unto the Lord. Yes, a couple of these seem a little odd, but it was so they were physically and mentally separated from the general population and could be pointed out by others. As Christians, our lives should be different from the world and it should be easily pointed out.

Samson was also a judge. Judges were leaders in the tribe of Israel, either in the tribe or even the whole of Israel. Samson, was set to have a lot of potential, we was in a place for God to use him greatly. Samson was judge of Israel for 20 years (Judges 15:20). During the 20 years of being judge of Israel, Samson never succeeded in delivering the people from the rule of the Philistines. He only had sporadic exploits against them. To cut to the chase, Samson wasted his potential.

Many times in our life, we waste the potential we have to serve God. We waste the gifts given to us sometimes out of fear, other times it’s because we are not following God’s call in our lives like Samson. Samson got caught up wanting to be friendly with his nations oppressors (Philistines). He did not seek the Lord in wisdom, he was looking at the wrong perspective, and eventually the Lord left him due to not following God’s will. Those are the points I will be discussing in the next few blog posts.

God has so much in store for us. He has plans on using us, but we don’t let him. We get scared, we want to stay in the world, we say we will take action when the time is right. I’ve been talking more about spirituality, but this is the same in everything we do. People have so much potential and they waste it. They get scared, they get wrapped up with the wrong people, they get caught up in drugs, etc; and that potential never gets used.

The ones that seem to have the most potential are the ones that seem to get caught up in something, where that potential is not used. At some point God will get tired of dealing with our stubbornness and quit blessing us. God doesn’t need us to carry out his will, but we do need God. Samson had the ability to be a great leader and do great things for God, but he went his own way. We need to be careful that we don’t do the same thing Samson did and waste our potential.