By Travis L. Quertermous
was a real-life super-hero, an ancient Israelite Superman.
Many people are familiar with his superhuman exploits,
about how Samson killed a lion with his bare hands,
single-handedly destroyed a thousand-man Philistine army
with no weapon other than the jawbone of a donkey, and
about how he was a one-man wrecking crew that demolished a
Philistine temple. If you would like to read it for
yourself in the Bible, Samson's story is found in the Book
of Judges 13-16.
just as Superman is vulnerable to kryptonite, Samson had
his weakness too. No, it was not his treacherous lover
Delilah nor was it the most famous hair-cut in history
which she gave him. The source of Samson's strength was
not his long hair, but his faith in God symbolized by his
long hair. Samson forgot the source of his strength was
God, not himself. When his pride led him to abandon his
faith in God, God abandoned Samson to his fate.
Samson's kryptionite was a lack of self-control. As strong
as he was, Samson never learned to control his temper, his
lusts, or his pride. His lack of self-control ruined his
marriage, damaged his reputation, and limited his
usefulness to God. Proverbs 16:32 says, "He who is slow to
anger is better than the mighty, And he who rules his
spirit than he who takes a city." That was certainly true
of Samson, but it let not be said of us.
- Travis L. Quertermous preaches for the Church of Christ in
Dexter, MO. He may be contacted through the