Then she cried, “Samson, the Philistines are here!” When he awoke from his sleep, he said, “I will escape as I did before and shake myself free.” But he did not know that the LORD had left him. – Judges 16:20
The weakness of Samson, though his strength was indeed epic, can probably be summarized by one word and that word is complacency. Ultimately, it was a woman (to be fair, a woman plus complacency) that conquered the strongman, but what went wrong?
It appears that Samson made a bad assumption based upon past achievement. Through multiple miraculous escapes, Samson forgot where the power to escape originated. With each victory, he moved farther and farther from his Nazirite vow of consecration to God and began to believe in his own invincibility. Over time, Samson let down his guard and became less diligent in guarding the gift that God had entrusted to him.
Relaxing in spiritual discipline, the act of believing this life can be lived apart from the abiding presence of Christ, is a common failing and also a prescription for disaster. Many a life lays shipwrecked on the shores of complacency. For Samson, the vehicle of his destruction was a female, but the fact is that as Christ-followers, we are all “Samsons” capable of neglecting the source of our strength …
… and that neglect is a sure foundation for future failure.
The greatest fault is to be conscious of none. – Thomas Carlyle