Perhaps his strength made him cocky. There are those who, especially when they are young, believe they can go where they please and do what they please and nothing can harm them. Samson was one who was wont to flirt with danger. And women.
Instead of finding a wife of beauty and virtue from among his own people, one of his forays into the enemy’s territory resulted in his noticing a woman who was very beautiful. He wanted her upon first sight. Oh, how he wanted her!
“Mom! Dad! Go get her for me.”
“Seriously, son? You can’t find a God-fearing wife from among your own people?”
But Samson was stubborn. Only this particular ravishing beauty would do for him.
His problems began the first day of their wedding feast. Samson put a riddle to his wedding guests and they pressured his bride to get the answer out of him. By the time the dust settled, Samson had killed 30 men to pay a debt, his wife was given to his companion, he destroyed the Philistines’ crops in retaliation, in return the Philistines killed his wife and father-in-law, and he succeeded in starting a minor war.
Later Samson went to Gaza, another territory allotted to the Israelites but occupied by the Philistines. Here he fell in with a prostitute and took to spending time with her. She also was compelled by her people to pry a secret out of him and betray him with it. In the end, Samson was captured, bound, blinded, and imprisoned.
So often we believe that because we are Christians, we can stroll right into the enemy’s territory, take what we want, enjoy ourselves, and walk out unscathed. We believe those with whom we spend our time, our girlfriends and BFFs and homies, will not have an effect on our Christian walk, but we instead will serve as a model and a witness to them and draw them to Christ. But when enemies clash you can expect battles. Battles of the heart between good and evil, between right and wrong.
Inevitably our own behavior deteriorates from holiness to ungodliness. Until the day we come to a crossroads and realize we must decide to walk away from old friendships, or risk being destroyed. As Paul says, “Do not be misled: ‘Bad company corrupts good character.’” (1 Cor. 15:33 NIV)
Samson sought out bad company because the Lord allowed it, knowing it would stir things up through which God could deliver Israel. But Samson’s foolish decisions were his own. (Story of Samson - Judges 13-16)
Proverbs 13:20 He that walketh with wise men shall be wise:
but a companion of fools shall be destroyed.