Today we read about Samson & I'm going to cheat & post what my Application Bible writes of Samson’s life because I think it summarizes him quite well.
It is sad to be remembered for what one might have been. Samson had tremendous potential. Not many people have started life with credentials like his. Born as a result of God’s plan in the lives of Manoah & his wife, Samson was to do a great work for God – to “begin the deliverance of Israel from the hands of the Philistines.” To help him accomplish God’s plan, he was given enormous physical strength.
Because Samson wasted his strength on practical jokes & getting out of scrapes, & because he eventually gave it up altogether to satisfy the woman he loved, we tend to see him as a failure. We remember him as the judge in Israel who spent his last days grinding grain in an enemy prison, & we say, “What wasted potential!”
Yes, Samson wasted his life. He could have strengthened his nation. He could have returned his people to the worship of God. He could have wiped out the Philistines. But even though he did none of those things, Samson still accomplished the purpose announced by the angel who visited his parents before his birth. In his final act, Samson began to rescue Israel from the Philistines.
Tomorrow's Bible In a Year Passage: Judges 16-18