The Crazy One You're Glad Got Away

Nick Nieblas

"Samson went down to Timnah and saw there a young Philistine woman.  When he returned, he said to his father and mother, “I have seen a Philistine woman in Timnah; now get her for me as my wife.”  His father and mother replied, “Isn’t there an acceptable woman among your relatives or among all our people?  Must you go to the uncircumcised Philistines to get a wife?”  But Samson said to his father, “Get her for me. She’s the right one for me.”  Judges 14:1-3

Before I had the good sense to marry my astoundingly beautiful, patient and godly wife, I had a crazy relationship. We’ve all had them.  Some of you might have married them (if you’re sitting next to them reading this, don’t react, trust me).  You know the kind I’m talking about; you’ve at least seen your friend’s downward spiral as they convince themselves that there will never be anyone else and the only reason why you think their significant other acts crazy (as if it’s an act) is because you don’t understand their relationship.  Right?  Right.

Samson went after the crazy one… or two.  He was enticed by how beautiful and… let’s just say it; they probably had few, if any, inhibitions.  Samson’s downfall was not just women; it was his pride and arrogance as well.  But the women were the start of his decline.

Sin does that to us.  When we are in the midst of it, it is the only thing that matters; we think it is the only thing that can bring us pleasure.  We justify and rationalize why it’ll be okay this time and how this will be the last time.  Sin is that crazy girl or guy that you’re really glad got away.  When you’re out from under the fog that sin put you in, you’re clear-headed and you can clearly see the problems and pitfalls that arise from living your life in that way.

If you are saved by grace through faith in Jesus Christ, the sin that you catch yourself in does not break your relationship with God, but it deeply affects your fellowship and community with Him.  You are not who God has meant and called you to be when you are under the influence of sin.  The Holy Spirit’s direction and power can be overshadowed and even quenched by the fog of sin.

Start new and fresh today; right now.  Drop the zero, get with The Hero - Jesus Christ.  Lift your head out of the fog, take a deep breath and realize you are in a much better place without the crazy one (or two) dragging you down.

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