Samson Failed where Joseph Overcame: It’s all about the willpower

The grace of God has been freely offered to every soul…But character is not transferrable. No man can believe for another. No man can impart to another the character which is the fruit of the Spirit’s working. – God’s Amazing Grace 214.4

Samson in his peril had the same source of strength as had Joseph. He could choose the right or the wrong as he pleased. But instead of taking hold of the strength of God, he permitted the wild passions of his nature to have full sway. The reasoning powers were perverted, the morals corrupted.

God had called Samson to a position of great responsibility, honor, and usefulness; but he must first learn to govern by first learning to obey the laws of God.

Joseph was a free moral agent. Good and evil were before him too. He could choose the path of purity, holiness, and honor, or the path of immorality and degradation. He chose the right way, and God approved. Samson, under similar temptations, which he had brought upon himself, gave loose rein to passion. The path which he entered upon he found to end in shame, disaster, and death. What a contrast to the history of Joseph!

KJV Galatians 6:7,8
Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man sows that shall he also reap.
For he that sows to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that sows to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting.

Samson’s History a Lesson for Youth

The history of Samson conveys a lesson for those whose characters are yet unformed, who have not yet entered upon the stage of active life.

The youth who enter our schools and colleges will find there every class of mind. If they desire sport and folly, if they seek to shun the good and unite with the evil, they have the opportunity. Sin and righteousness are before them, and they are to choose for themselves.”

But let them remember that “whatsoever a man sows that shall he also reap. . . . He that sows to his flesh, shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that sows to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting”.

In the society of this enchantress, the judge of Israel squandered precious hours that should have been sacredly devoted to the welfare of his people. But the blinding passions which make even the strongest weak, had gained control of reason and of conscience.

The Philistines were well acquainted with the divine law, and its condemnation of sensual indulgence. They kept a vigilant watch over all the movements of their enemy, and when he degraded himself by this new attachment, and they saw the bewitching power of the enchantress, they determined, through her, to accomplish his ruin.

Samson Deliberately Walked Into Net of Betrayer. His infatuation with Delilah seems almost incredible. At first he was not so wholly enthralled as to reveal the secret; but he had deliberately walked into the net of the betrayer of souls, and its meshes were drawing closer about him at every step.

Samson, that mighty man of valor, was under a solemn vow to be a Nazarite during the period of his life; but becoming infatuated by the charms of a lewd woman, he rashly broke that sacred pledge. Satan worked through his agents to destroy this ruler of Israel, that the mysterious power which he possessed might no longer intimidate the enemies of God’s people.

It was the influence of this bold woman that separated him from God, her artifices that proved his ruin. The love and service which God claims, Samson gave to this woman. This was idolatry. He lost all sense of the sacred character and work of God, and sacrificed honor, conscience, and every valuable interest, to base passion.

Willful Sin Caused Loss of Strength.

Had Samson’s head been shaven without fault on his part, his strength would have remained. But his course had shown contempt for the favor and authority of God as much as if he had in disdain himself severed his locks from his head. Therefore God left him to endure the results of his own folly.

However, the contest instead of being between Samson and the Philistines, was now between Jehovah and Dagon, thus the Lord was moved to assert His almighty power and His supreme authority. He once more gave grace unto Samson one last time as asked of Him.

God designed that Samson should accomplish a great work for Israel. Hence the utmost care had been taken at the very outset of life to surround him with the most favorable conditions for physical strength, intellectual vigor, and moral purity. Had he not in after years ventured among the ungodly and the licentious, he would not so basely have yielded to temptation.

The grace of God has been freely offered to every soul…But character is not transferrable. No man can believe for another. No man can impart to another the character which is the fruit of the Spirit’s working. Without the enlightenment of the Spirit, men will not be able to distinguish truth from error, and they will fall under the masterful temptations of Satan.

Ask God to give you much of the oil of His grace.

Ref:

1. Bible Commentary Judges 16

(ST Oct. 13, 1881). {2BC 1007.1-9}{2BC 1008.1}

2. Ellen White, God’s Amazing Grace 214.4

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