Samson was one of the most colorful characters in the whole Bible. Most people know him for his long hair, which symbolized his incredible physical strength; but Samson was known for other things as well. As one of the “judges” of Israel, he was a military leader who fought valiantly against the Philistines. But eventually, the Philistines captured him.
While Samson had extraordinary strength in battle, he also had a weakness when it came to women. Falling in love with a shrew named Delilah, he eventually admitted to her that his downfall could be found in the cutting of his hair. So Delilah lulled him to sleep, then had his hair cut. Summoning the Philistines, she betrayed him and he was captured.
At this point, Samson's story takes a sad and disturbing twist; as the Philistines gouged out his eyes and made him a “grinder” in their mill. He had gone from being the most powerful man in Israel to being a blind, slave-laborer. He had gone from the mountain top, to the lowest of valleys. Samson had a lot of shortcomings and sin in his life, but he was also described as a man of faith. The book of Hebrews lists him in passing as an example of faith (Hebrews 11:32); and this faith is seen most clearly in Samson's death.
The Bible tells us that the Philistine leaders got drunk and then decided to bring Samson out to mock and ridicule him. As it turned out, this was the biggest mistake of their lives; because even though Samson was now blind and enslaved he was still a very dangerous man. And what's more, he had a very dangerous God. Samson's life was soon to end, but he would take a bevy of Philistines with him to the grave.
Being blind, Samson had to be led into the hall by a boy. It must have been hilarious for the Philistines to see the former warrior denigrated to this point; so they probably didn't notice or care when Samson told the boy to help him lean against the two pillars that held the building up. The Bible records: “Then Samson called to the LORD and said, 'O Lord GOD, please remember me and please strengthen me just this time, O God, that I may at once be avenged of the Philistines for my two eyes.' Samson grasped the two middle pillars on which the house rested, and braced himself against them, the one with his right hand and the other with his left. And Samson said, 'Let me die with the Philistines!' And he bent with all his might so that the house fell on the lords and all the people who were in it. So the dead whom he killed at his death were more than those whom he killed in his life.” (Judges 16:28-30 NASB)
While some may simply see this as a violent end to a violent life; it is also an example of Samson's true strength which, was his faith. He cried out to God for the strength to wallop Israel's chief enemy with one final blow. And God granted it. The Philistines erred in underestimating Samson's strength, because the Philistines erred in underestimating Samson's God. Samson was still a dangerous man, but Samson's God was even more dangerous.
Maybe you don't think of God as “dangerous” but the truth is that there is no “Being” in all the universe more dangerous than God. The Bible says, “It is a terrifying thing to fall into the hands of the living God.” (Hebrews 10:31) Furthermore Jesus warned His disciples saying, “Do not fear those who kill the body but are unable to kill the soul; but rather fear Him who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” (Matthew 10:28 NASB) God has the power to destroy you in more fierce fashion than any man on the planet. God also has the power to save you in more gracious fashion than any man on the planet.
The same God who will consign multitudes to face His eternal wrath in Hell also sent His own son to die in the place of those who have faith in Him. “The Father sent the Son to be the Savior of the world.” (1 John 4:14) This verse doesn't mean that the whole world is saved; but it does mean that sinners from every nation of the world, who trust in Christ, will be saved. (see Revelation 5:9)
Don't try to trifle with the Almighty. God is dangerous, but God is also gracious. Learn a lesson from the depraved Philistines who thought little of Samson, and of Samson's God. Turn from your sin in repentance and trust in Christ by faith. Every person reading this will either spend eternity rejoicing with the Lord, or they will spend eternity under His wrath. The world is divided between those who love God and those who hate Him. In the end, there are only two camps. Make sure you are a part of the army of Samson's dangerous God.