Samson was set apart by God to deliver his people from the evil Philistines, and in return for abstaining from touching anything deceased, drinking no wine, and not cutting his hair, he was endowed with incredible supernatural strength that enabled him to knock down buildings, tear apart gates of iron, and kill 1,000 men with the jawbone of a donkey. This made the Philistines rightfully afraid of him, and it caused them to think twice before coming after God’s people. Strangely, in spite of his superhuman abilities, Samson was constantly tempted to break his Nazarite vow — his fleshly appetites were just too strong. He killed a bear and reached into its stomach to take out a beehive and eat the honey, he threw a party and drank wine, and ultimately, he allowed a woman to cut his hair because he couldn’t resist her advances. In a sort of strange irony, though he had something precious and irreplaceable in his possession, he was drawn to the few things he didn’t have, and he allowed his desire for them to dictate his future. So appealing was the carnal culture of his enemies that the very ones he was sent to defeat ultimately defeated him. And so it can be today, if we’re not careful. Though divine power is dispatched through self-denial that sets us apart, our pride and earthly appetites open a door for Satan to slyly whisper that our best life is found when we gratify ourselves.
My friend, in the final weeks of this trying year, remember that power doesn’t come from having more of what the world holds dear. In fact, too much of any good thing can become an encumbrance. As you set your sights on the future, consider what your Savior is asking you to surrender. When you willingly give Him what you think you want, He will give you more of what you truly need — love, grace, peace, joy, and supernatural strength. While trimming your life of fleshly desires may be painful, Jesus possesses the fuel that makes your heart soar, and He is able to pour out Heavenly blessings that far exceed anything you can secure in your own strength!