The Samson Syndrome: Why Strong Men Fail 

Judges 13:5

Most of us are familiar with the life of Samson. If you grew up attending Sunday School you heard many stories of his great strength and accomplishments. We also heard of his death, but even then we focused on his strength as he pulled the temple down around the Philistines. He was, without a doubt the strongest man ever to walk this earth. But he was also one of the weakest!

This weekend I want us to look again at this larger than life hero. If he was alive today, we might find him as a politician, or a professional athlete. Or maybe he would be seated here among us. He could be any man with a measure of success at his profession, a beautiful wife, lovely children, and perhaps a ministry at Grace Baptist Temple. The point is this…strong men fail.

God had a purpose for Samson from the very beginning. The situation in Israel at the time of his birth was difficult to say the least. Because of their disobedience, God had allowed the Philistines to oppress them. They raided the Israelite villages and stole from them at will. God determined to deliver them…even though they didn't ask. That is grace! He planned to use Samson to accomplish this. Read: v1-5

I. Disregard Boundaries (strong men who have confidence that they can 'handle things' often disregard boundaries)

II. Struggle w/ Lust

Jg 14:3 Then his father and his mother said unto him, Is there never a woman among the daughters of thy brethren, or among all my people, that thou goest to take a wife of the uncircumcised Philistines? And Samson said unto his father, Get her for me; for she pleaseth me well.

III. Ignore Good Advice

IV. Lack Discernment

Jg 16:16-17 And it came to pass, when she pressed him daily with her words, and urged him, so that his soul was vexed unto death; That he told her all his heart, and said unto her, There hath not come a razor upon mine head; for I have been a Nazarite unto God from my mother's womb: if I be shaven, then my strength will go from me, and I shall become weak, and be like any other man.

V. Take Foolish Risks

VI. Loss of Vision