As you read through the story of Samson, you might miss something that is quite profound. Samson does pretty much everything on his own. Unlike the other judges before him, Samson does not form an army or partner with anyone else—aside from partnering with three hundred foxes.
Seeing this affirms Samson’s greatest weakness: pride. It seems that the mighty Samson believed he didn’t need anyone else. He could take care of things himself.
But as part of the church, the bride of Christ, let us be quick to see the folly of Samson’s solitary lifestyle. We know that God did not create us for isolation but rather for integration. We are to live fully integrated with others, relying on their strengths where we are weak and lending them our strength where they are weak. This is what Samson missed: his strength was limited. He had weaknesses and was in need of others. May we be a humble people who do not share in his mistake.
How might you be prone to drift toward isolation at times? Why?