Re: Verse reading–Judges 16:4-30 (day three)
“She prodded him day after day until he was sick to death of it.”  At some point, Samson began to cherish his own desire above all else.  He knew what was right.  He understood the parameters of human interaction.  He comprehended that God had called him to champion Israel.  But none of that shaped his character.  Something else received his allegiance: desire.  Samson’s life gives us a picture of a life shaped by desire: He wanted food, and he flouted ritual dietary law to obtain it; he wanted sex, and no parental authority or moral code stood in his way; he was “sick to death” of conflict, and no trust proved too sacred to violate.  Woody Allen once observed: “The heart wants what it wants.”  When that becomes the extent of the heart’s moral reasoning, it never, ever, ever finds what it wants.

Author: Bryan Richardson

Bryan Richardson is the Associate Pastor for Counseling and Pastoral Ministries at FBCSA.

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