There is something about the road that just seems to test our limits. Earlier this week, my wife got a flat tire while in Beloit. Of course, from underuse, the spare tire was flat, too. So, naturally, I left the office immediately to help her except that I got stuck in standstill traffic on the interstate. A moment of confession: my blood began to boil. I wanted to lose it. Then, I remembered that we’re talking about self-control this Sunday.
Self-control is not so much an emotion as it is the door upon which our emotions hang. It is so easy for us to justify our actions by our feelings. We explain away the moments we lost control, but as someone once said, “You are always responsible for how you act, no matter how you feel.”
This week, we take a look at a man who was set apart before birth. He was called to judge Israel and save her from her enemies with his great strength. He was a man in whom the Spirit of God stirred. Yet, Samson allowed other things to stir within his heart as well. He allowed circumstances to guide him instead of God’s will. Ultimately, he couldn’t control his tongue and it cost him greatly. I think we can identify with that. Yet, his tragic story points us to a beautiful truth.