"For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes,
Scriptures: Judges 13:1-5, 1 John 2:16
Samson's story was tragic: he was called to begin the deliverance of his people. He began, but did not fulfill. On road Samson chose he found: destination disaster. Samson pleased himself first! We have all plans for our lives, but if they are not God's plans we are settling for second best! God's plans for our lives always superceed what we could ever accomplish on our own.
Samson took the Spirit of God for granted. The Bible shows us that Samson was a blessed man, he was given God's spirit from birth! Instead of embracing this calling, Samsom became a slave to the things he toyed with.
Samson ignored his weaknessess. His weaknessess, desires for women, were apparent to everyone but him, but he refused to admit that he had any. He allowed his weakness to overtake him.
Samson did not realize what his mistakes were until it was too late and he ended up blind (lust of the eye), bound (lust of the flesh), and humiliated (the pride of life).
So how do we avoid being overtaken and ending up in a disaster? We must acknowledge our flaws: we need to be able to determine what in our lives has the most potential to ruin our lives? What are we doing or seeking that could be our ruin? We need to seek help and counsel: "he who thinks he needs nothing or no one needs more than he can imagine." We need to assimilate God's truth into our situations and into our lives. When we connect with the Word, we connect with God! It's time to keep God's story alive in our lives, we can always turn back to God and make our lives into heroic epics, instead of disasterous destinations!