Samson’s Fatal Flaw (Judges 14:3)

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Failure to exercise self-discipline can ruin a person’s health and happiness. I know a girl who will probably die you if she doesn’t control her eating habits. I’m also acquainted with a young man who is destroying himself because he never learned to discipline his life. He grew up in a wealthy home and inherited a position that pays a high salary, but he is on the brink of financial disaster because of his drinking and gambling.

Lack of self-discipline caused Samson to make the mistakes that led to his being captured by the Philistines, who put out his eyes and forced him to work like an animal. In the biblical record, his downfall began when he wanted to marry a heathen girl and wouldn’t listen the objections of his parents. His statement, ”Get her for me, for she pleases me well,” set the pattern of self-indulgence that ruined his life.

Without self-control, we can squander great talents, and waste wonderful opportunities. Our appetite for food, our sexual desires, our enjoyment of recreation, and our drive to succeed can become all-consuming unless they are held in check. People who excel in their sport for many years do so because they eat properly, get exercise, and practice regularly. Likewise, people who consistently walk with God discipline themselves to read the Bible, to pray, and to obey His commandments. – Herbert Vander Lugt

A healthy body, healthy mind

Should be the Christian’s goal;

But it is more important still

To discipline the soul. – H. G. Bosch

Discipline yourself so others won’t have to.

  • June 6, 1986, Our Daily Bread
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