So, if you think you are standing firm, be careful that you don’t fall! 1 Corinthians 10:12
Samson was what so many of us would like to be, the strongest and boldest man on the planet and a real live action hero and his feats and reputation where unmatched in all of history. The only individuals that would compare would all be considered mythological, such as Hercules or Achilles. He was not only strong he was also the greatest warrior, a true killing machine.
There is one remarkable incident were the Israelites, scared of the Philistines agreed to turn Samson over to them. Samson not wanting to harm his fellow Israelites allowed himself to be taken into custody. They tied him up and left him for the Philistines. When the Philistine army arrived, Samson broke the ropes and with the jawbone of a donkey as his only weapon killed 1000 soldiers. (Judges 15:13-15) That is not just brute strength. No ninja or knight in history could compare to Samson.
Samson is probably one of the few bible heroes who never showed doubt in his ability. He understood from the beginning the great gift God had given him and used it quite effectively against Israel’s enemies. However, Samson became overconfident and blinded by passion.
Samson fell for a harlot, Delilah. She begged him to tell her the secret of his strength. After several lies Samson finally gave in and told her the secret. As a sign of separation and dedication to God he was never to cut his hair. This was a direct command from God that was never to be violated. It proved his obedience and loyalty to God. Samson failed. Delilah lulled Samson to sleep and cut his hair. God departed from Samson and he was like any other man. The philistines captured him and took out his eyes. (Judges 20:1-16)
When we become a mighty instrument of the Lord and He uses us with great results it is difficult to remain cautious. We grow in confidence and often see ourselves stronger and bigger than what we are. We might even think we are invincible, like ninja Christian warriors or action heroes for the kingdom of heaven. However we are still flesh and blood. We can still be tempted and hurt. Even if we forget our weaknesses the devil knows them all too well. When we do feel strong it means it is time to seek God even more, in prayer and in the study of scripture. Samson should have done likewise.
When Samson reached out to God, he found mercy. God gave Samson another opportunity and in his final act as the greatest warrior, Samson killed about 3000 Philistines, including all of their powerful lords. (Judges 20:25-30)
If in our moment of strength, we do grow over confident and fail, God is still merciful and able to reestablish us. However it is best to remain cautious even when we are at our best, for the enemy is ready to exploit every opportunity.