“And Samson said unto them, I will now put forth a riddle unto you: if ye can certainly declare it me within the seven days of the feast, and find it out, then I will give you thirty sheets and thirty change of garments:”
One of the greatest wastes of potential and God’s mercy is found in Judges 16:31 when it says about Samson, “And he judged Israel twenty years.” What should have been forty years was cut back by tragic decisions. What could have been many more years of enjoying the power of God became years that will never tell a story because Samson made several tragic decisions that led to his demise and eventual death.
You are one tragic decision away from ruin and heartache. The decisions you make will determine whether you enjoy a life of God’s blessings or a future of heartache and regret. It all comes down to what you do with sin. Samson’s life of sin and ruin are the result of many tragic decisions that many believers make every day. If you don’t want to see the ruin that Samson saw in his life, you would be wise to avoid the tragic decisions that he made. Let me show you six tragic decisions that led to Samson’s ruin.
First, Samson chose to go down. While the LORD was blessing Samson, he made the mistake of going down to Timnath. This is a purposeful decision; this is no mistake. Nobody mistakenly goes into sin; they purposely choose to go down into sin. Nobody accidentally compromises what they believe, but they choose to compromise what they believe. You always go down when you choose to go away from the LORD. It is never a good direction when you choose to walk away from where God is using you.
Second, Samson didn’t listen to the authorities who loved him. Samson’s parents tried to warn him, but he ignored their loving guidance. You do have a right to do what you want, but to ignore the warning of the spiritual authorities God has placed in your life is foolish. God gives you authorities who love you, and you would be wise to heed their warnings in your life.
Third, Samson made the wrong friends. Samson made friends with the enemy instead of fighting them. You cannot have the wrong friends and have a good future at the same time. Every person who has made wrong friends has always found themselves doing things they thought they would never do.
Fourth, Samson played with sin. In the verse above, Samson is making a riddle and playing with the people he was supposed to destroy. You can’t play with sin without eventually being hurt by it. Playing with sin is like playing with a poisonous serpent; eventually it will bite you and kill you.
Fifth, Samson became overconfident of his abilities. Samson thought nothing could stop him. Several times in Samson’s life he escaped the enemy’s hand, and it only emboldened him to continue in sin. The day you think that you are bigger than sin is the day you find yourself a step away from sin’s destruction.
Sixth, Samson ignored God’s opportunities of mercy as permission to sin. Samson’s escape from the enemy was God’s mercy; yet, he ignored God’s mercy and continued in sin only to experience the destruction that sin causes. My friend, I beg you not to ignore God’s mercy in your life. Deal with your sin now so that you won’t find yourself in the same situation of grinding through life because of sin’s destruction.