Summary: So many Christians are riding the spiritual roller coaster. Up one day and down the next, simply because we aren’t willing to make a total commitment to Jesus and love playing around with sin. Samson was a great example!
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Pastor James May
RIDING THE ROLLER COASTER
Sunday, August 25, 2002 PM
One of the things that I remember most about growing up was the times that we would go to the fairs and festivals that would come around each year. We would ride the rides as long as our money held out. We rode the Ferris wheel where it felt as though you were going to the top of the world and back down again. My favorite ride, in those days, was the roller coaster. Riding roller coasters is bumpy, fast and slow, then fast again, as you twist and turn going up and down. Roller coasters at the fair were fun but I don’t ride them anymore.
Tonight I want to talk to you about a young man who had everything going for him but he never made a decision to give it all to God. Instead he chose to ride on the roller coaster of spirituality. His life is one long story of spiritual highs and lows. It was as though he was gambling with the anointing of God and his eternal soul.
That young man’s name was Samson.
Samson was a handsome kid and was raised as a Nazarene according to Judges 13:5, "For, lo, thou shalt conceive, and bear a son; and no razor shall come on his head: for the child shall be a Nazarite unto God from the womb: and he shall begin to deliver Israel out of the hand of the Philistines."
The mark of his anointing and the call of God would be represented in Samson’s long flowing hair. As a Nazarene, he would never be allowed to cut his hair for this was a symbol of his promise to God.
Samson grew up to be a big, strapping kid with a physical power way beyond the ability of normal men. You might say that God had given Samson the gift of being an Old Testament Superman for he was able to do great things with his physical strength.
Samson would flex his muscles and all the girls would swoon. He would shake his beautiful head of hair and everyone would turn green with envy. He was a man’s man and every woman’s dreamboat and he knew it.
It would seem that Samson had everything going for him, prosperity, power, prestige, good looks, a great physique; he was good-natured and had the call of God upon his life. How much more could you ask for?
But Samson had a major flaw in his character. He loved to play around with the things of the world too much. His was a life filled with great contrasts.