If you don’t deal with your weaknesses, they will destroy you. Vulnerabilities can drive you closer to God or blind you to His love. Joseph and Samson faced similar temptations, but they responded very differently. Day after day, Potiphar’s wife tried to entice Joseph, yet he rejected her advances (Gen 39:7-9). Samson, on the other hand, willingly gave in to Delilah (Judg. 16:15-16).
Samson was consecrated to God, and the Holy Spirit was moving in his life (13:25). Nevertheless, he chose the path of self-indulgence. Too proud to admit weakness, he lived in denial, which led to a lack of discipline and left the door open for Satan. Because Samson rationalized his weakness, it grew and soon began to dominate his life. Listening to the lies of the Devil and wicked people, he exchanged God’s blessing and supernatural strength for irresponsible sexual pleasure. In the end, what did he have? Absolutely nothing.
Given the slightest chance, sin will infiltrate your life and affect every aspect, including faith, job, and relationships with family and friends. Nothing is off limits. Perhaps you’re thinking, I don’t have any weaknesses with the potential to destroy my life—then Satan has already blinded you to a spiritual reality in your midst.
You have the choice to face temptation as Joseph did—or as Samson did. In times of weakness, do you depend on God, obey Him, and seek strength to overcome? Or do you make excuses and turn from His leading? How different Samson’s life would have been if he’d chosen a different response.
Dr. Charles Stanley