'An evil man is held captive by his own sins... he will be lost because of his great foolishness.' Proverbs 5:22-23 NLT
When Samson was born God picked him for a special job. Samson had everything going for him but he gave into lust and ruined his life. It all started when he saw a woman (see Judges 14:2) and told his folks, 'Get her for me' (Judges 14:3). God says, 'An evil man is held captive by his own sins... he will be lost because of his great foolishness' (Proverbs 5:22-23 NLT).
After leading Israel for 20 years, Samson went back to his old habits with a prostitute (Judges 16:1), then finally with two-faced Delilah (Judges 16:4). Because of this he was captured by the enemy, had his eyes gouged out and ended up working in prison. Samson was so caught up in his sinful desires he didn't even realise that God had turned away (Judges 16:20). Quite the opposite: when Potiphar's wife tried to seduce Joseph he had the sense to leg it. He knew he wasn't strong enough to resist so he got out of there (see Genesis 39:6-12).
So what's the solution? Paul says: 'You are tempted in the same way that everyone else is tempted. But God can be trusted not to let you be tempted too much, and he will show you how to escape from your temptations' (1 Corinthians 10:13 CEV).
So what now? Whatever you're struggling with today, whatever you've struggled with in the past, you can't fight temptation alone, so come out of the shadows and into the light. Stay close to God. He'll never let you down.
Soulfood: Jer 22-24, Luke 20:41-47, Ps 31, Prov 8:34-36