It’s always the little things.
We never set out hoping that things will go wrong.
We don’t plan for the worst.
Samson didn’t set out to lose his strength, embarrass his people, and live in slavery.
He didn’t set out with much of a plan at all actually; he did what was good in his own eyes.
This is how compromise works.
When I was in Middle School, a wise pastor sat me down and explained this concept in a way that I have never forgotten.
He had me turn to Proverbs 7 to read a story about the simple man.
“For at the window of my house I have looked out through my lattice, and I have seen among the simple… passing along the street near her corner, taking the road to her house, in the twilight, in the evening, at the time of night and darkness.”
I’ll never forget what he told me.
If you don’t want to end up in trouble, don’t go near the house.
Samson and the simple man both put themselves in position to fail.
They wandered near the boundaries and they inevitably failed.
Avoiding compromise is a tall order.
Not going near the margins can seem impossible, but in Christ, we are not left on our own.
Jude encourages us with this benediction, “Now to him who is able to keep you from stumbling and to present you blameless before the presence of his glory with great joy, to the only God, our Savior, through Jesus Christ our Lord, be glory, majesty, dominion, and authority, before all time and now and forever. Amen.”