Mistakes Teach Us

“Then went Samson to Ga’za, and saw there an
harlot, and went in unto her.
That he told her all his heart, and said unto her, there
hath not come a razor upon mine head; for I have been
a Nazarite unto God from my mother’s womb: if I be
shaven, then my strength will go from me, and I shall
become weak, and be like any other man.” Judges 16:1, 17.

The Bible puts before us many events, some are great victories but others illustrate the colossal failures that often when people seek to make their own way. It seems to this writer – that failures give better answers for problems than when success happens. It is a teaching process which certainly is not always liked because there is a collapsing of our desires.

It’s been said and written that there are four reasons why we fail:

  1. Lack of Planning
  2. Lack of Leadership
  3. Lack of Execution
  4. Lack of Adaptation 

A plan wasn’t thought through. As always, the leadership must be strong enough to understand what is to be accomplished. Again the fact that always needs to be there; someone must execute the performance. Yes, one could plan, could have a leader, and then execution could be performed; but then they must adapt to the surroundings. Every one of these four: plan, leadership, execution, and adaptation – are essential for any endeavor.

During the American Civil War or as some refer to it as Lincoln’s War in which about 600,000 soldiers lost their lives, an event happened at the battle of Petersburg. The union generals decided a tunnel would be secretly dug under confederate lines. It was done. Then physically large amounts of gun powder were strategically placed so a huge explosion would happen. The fuse was lit two times. The explosion happened.

Then failure: The general in charge of the attack ran and hid in a hospital and started to drink alcohol. The confederates formed a semicircle around the crater and killed or wounded 4,000 Union soldiers all because of a drunk and incapacitated General Ledlie. He could not adapt to the situation.

The reason this story of the Battle of the Crater illustrates to us is to learn from our own mistakes as well as others.

Never let someone tell you the Bible has many fables, myths and fictions that come about by the invention of some story tellers in ancient time. In the words of our day this is a lie. Someone told me recently that according to data that only twenty-eight percent (28%) of church members believe the Bible and what it states. Yet we call ourselves Christian nation. The United States is not a city on a will that gives out a light.

When we look at the failures and blunders of people we see overconfidence, misjudgment of events, horrible planning, stubbornness, arrogance, and misinformation. All of this said failure is inevitable.

It seems that the human race will just not learn  –  much less look at failures and learn from them.



On October 20, 2016, at the Waldorf Astoria, the Al Smith dinner was held in New York City, New York. In attendance were the two (2) candidates for the President of the Unites States, Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. Hillary Clinton claims to be a Methodist – but this organization never mentions the failure on her part in keeping the heartbeats of 55,000,000 million babies alive. No wonder the Methodist Church is decreasing in numbers since the condemnation of sin is non-existent!

The Disciples of Christ had a graduate of Butler University never said a mistake was made in not calling attention to the man who caused the death of over nine hundred in South America. This was a huge flow in their interworking as a follower of the Son of God. The failure was obvious. The leadership was lacking.

There are other illustrations of losing because of a plan. Leadership – execution and adapting. We should use the four (4) prongs to make commitments. The Bible must be read, read and read again. So that the life and times other people can be observed. When the remark is made there is nothing new under the sun, you should except what is stated.

The rules of God must be followed for peace to exist.



The book of Matthew has many parables in its pages. Yes, these are stories that Jesus told for a positive impact upon the audience. Yet when we analyze it’s meaning He also was saying do not embrace the way which refuses to sit aside his command.

Matthew 15:13-14, is such an example:

“But he answered and said, Every plant, which my
heavenly Father hath not planted, shall be rooted up.
Let them alone: they be blind leaders of the blind.
And if the blind lead the blind, both shall fall into the

It is easy for us to see both sides of the remark. We must learn to understand how to seek success in Bible terms. As we read scripture it should be noted that our Master was emphatic to have us look at the circumstances.

The plan was given for us in Matthew 28:19-20.

“Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them
in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the
Holy Ghost:
Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have
commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even
unto the end of the world. Amen.”

The leadership was selected on states in Acts 1:8.

“But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy
Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses
unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and
in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.”

The execution was given to us in Acts 2:46.

“And they, continuing daily with one accord in the
temple, and breaking bread from house to house, did
eat their meat with gladness and singleness of heart.”

Then finally, the adoption for the world to hear in Acts 10:28.

“And ye said unto them, ye know how that it is an
unlawful thing for a man that is a Jew to keep company,
or come unto one of another nation; but God hath
shewed me that I should not call any man common or

learn-from-history_samsonSAMSON NEVER KNEW

Some people cannot know or maybe never want to know what their life is to be. It would seem as if such a person would be this unique man Samson.

His name maybe should have been “I like women”. Women were his downfall. The man could not associate with various women. The opening in our text says in Judges 16:11.

“And he said unto her, if they bind me fast with new
ropes that never were occupied, then shall I be weak,
and be as another man.”

A harlot is a whore. A woman of loose morals. The story becomes more thrilling to read when Judges 16:2-3, are read.

“And it was told the Ga’zites, saying, Samson is come
hither. And they compassed him in, and laid wait for
him all night in the gate of the city, and were quiet all
night, saying, in the morning, when it is day, we shall
kill him.
And Samson lay till midnight, and arose at midnight,
and took the doors of the gate of the city, and the two
posts, and went away with them, bar and all, and
put them upon his shoulders, and carried them up to
the top of an hill that is before Hebron.”

It seemed as if Samson would be murdered, but it was not to be. In the blackness of the night his great strength was evident because the hinges of the doors were ripped off and the doors removed. The plot to murder Samson was defeated because he planned his escape, he took action, he adopted a pre-planned strike and he adapted to the night as a way to win.

Have you noticed how churches flounder because they lack a message of redemption – just so that people won’t become upset?


It seems that these organizations are cowards because the church leaders will not condemn sin.  It’s the same with our political leaders. This nation has not won a war since August 1945. The refusal to fight is chilling to our very soul.

Samson from Judges 16:4-18, is enthralled with a wicked woman. Her name was Delilah. As he laid with Delilah she kept asking where do you obtain your great strength? Three (3) times he lied to her. His remark was first tie me with green bark, then tie me with new rope. And finally weave my hair in seven (7) locks. All were lies. His strength remained.

After much cajoling from Delilah he told her the secret. He was a Nazarite. He ate and acted differently than other people. When God’s way is attacked by evil and the people of God do not resist  –  then evil wins. Read Judges 16:17, which tells the conclusion.

“And he told her all his heart, and said unto her,
there hath not come a razor upon mine head; for
I have been a Nazarite unto God from my mother’s
womb: if I be shaven, then my strength will go
from me, and I shall become weak, and be like any
other man.”

God had set aside a group of people who were named “Nazarite”. Moses told them what to do in Numbers 6:1-26. This should interest us –  even today.

Here were two (2) people who followed their own rules. The evil Delilah won over the truth about Samson. This passage of God’s remarks has messages for each of us.

Don’t read this chapter as if it is a silly little story of a man who was deep in sin with adultery.

Do not become discouraged when reading Judges 16. Learn from it. All of us have chapters in our lives. These are important for our understanding what takes place. As you read this blog my deepest prayer is that you will understand that sin brings horrible results. Samson was a glaring mental picture.

Here are the conclusions:

1. Plan your moves as a Christian,
2. Leadership must come from God’s word,
3. Follow only his instruction, and
4. Adapt your life to where you are.

These will require you to live a new life.





Living for Jesus a life that is true;
Striving to please him in all that I do,
yielding allegiance, glad hearted and free,
this is the pathway of blessing for me.

O Jesus, Lord and Savior, I give myself to thee;
for thou, in thy atonement, didst give thyself for me;
I own no other master, my heart shall be thy throne,
My life I give, henceforth to live, O Christ for thee alone.
Living for Jesus who died in my place,
bearing on Calvary my sin and disgrace,
such love constrains me to answer his call,
follow his leading and give him my all.

Living for Jesus wherever I am,
doing each duty in his holy name,
willing to suffer affliction or loss,
deeming each trial, a part of my cross.

Living for Jesus through earth’s little while
my dearest treasure, the light of his smile,
seeking the lost ones, he died to redeem,
bringing the weary to find rest in him.”


October 23, 2016

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