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The Man Who Had it Made

Wisdom for the Heart / Dr. Stephen Davey
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August 10, 2022 12:00 am

The Man Who Had it Made

Wisdom for the Heart / Dr. Stephen Davey

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August 10, 2022 12:00 am

In this message Stephen takes us through the journey of Samson's life to warn us that spiritual potential doesn't always lead to spiritual success. It's not what you have that defines you . . . it's what you do with what you have.

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Samson's own life, though, mirrored the failure of Israel as a nation.

You see, this is, I think, what God was doing behind the scenes. Samson refused the authority of God's command. So did Israel. They were idolatrists. They were intermarrying with the Philistines. Samson, secondly, refused the parameters of the Nazarite vows.

We'll see. And so did Israel reject its covenant parameters. And thirdly, Samson refused the counsel of godly parents.

And so the Jews refused the counsel of their spiritual authority. Have you ever seen someone who seemed to have it made? Everything about their life appeared great. But the more you learned, the more you discovered a person with problems and faults and difficulties. Today on Wisdom for the Heart, Steven begins looking at the life of Samson. Samson certainly had a lot going for him. But his life is a warning that spiritual potential doesn't always lead to spiritual success. It's not what you have that defines you.

It's what you do with what you have. This lesson from our Vintage Wisdom series in Judges is called The Man Who Had It Made. Betty Green was probably one of the most well-known misers.

In fact, maybe the best miser who had ever walked the face of American soil. She died in 1915, leaving an estate valued at over $1 million, which today would be at least $10 million. The interesting thing about this lady is though she was such a miser, she ate most of the time cold oatmeal.

Oatmeal because it was cheap, cold because she said it cost too much to heat it. The tragedy is that her own son, however, would lose his leg to an amputation because Hetty took so long in trying to find a free clinic that he was not seen early enough by doctors. When you read the story of Hetty Green, you come to the conclusion that this woman had so much, but yet she lived as if she had absolutely nothing. There is a story in the Bible as we continue