Today’s reading is Judges 4-14.
One of the things I noticed was the repetition of Israel’s disobedience and God’s forgiveness. Israel would disobey, God would take his hand off of them, Israel would repent, and God would restore them. Wash. Rinse. Repeat.
Judges 13:8 Then Manoah prayed to the LORD: “O Lord, I beg you, let the man of God you sent to us come again to teach us how to bring up the boy who is to be born.”
Background—Zorah, wife of Manoah, was barren. An angel of the LORD visited her and told her that she would conceive and that the child would be set apart as a Nazirite of God from birth until the day of his death. When she told her husband, Manoah, he immediately prayed that the Lord would send the man back so that they could be instructed how to rightly raise the child.
In doing so, Manoah shows us several things…
- He showed that he trusted his wife had heard from the LORD. He did not doubt her. Which tells me he knew his wife was a virtuous, if not righteous, woman. He knew that his wife would not lie to him. And he believed she was capable of receiving a message from the Lord.
- He showed his faith in God’s promise, having heard but not yet seen. He immediately BELIEVED that a child would be born. In his mind, the Lord spoke it, and so it was. In John 20:29, Jesus said, “…blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.” Manoah showed that he was ready and willing to obey God’s will.
- Manoah demonstrated that he wanted to follow God’s will. He knew that to have (and believe) the promise was not enough. He wanted to know what he needed to do, how to proceed. He wanted wisdom.
How many times have I received a promise of God and charged ahead without waiting for instruction? Too many to count. And most usually, I end up blundering because I didn’t wait for wisdom.
I want to be the kind of wife that my husband can trust. I want to be a woman of virtue, a righteous woman, that my husband knows I will not attempt to deceive him, and that he believes is capable of receiving a message from the Lord. I want my husband and I both to be the kind of parents that believe the promise before we see it. That we would both seek the Lord for wisdom on how to raise our children.
Lord, help me to have a heart that is prepared and ready to hear from you. Help me to be a woman of virtue, a righteous wife, a wise mother. Help me to believe your promises before I see them fulfilled. And help me to seek your face for wisdom in all things. In Jesus name, Amen.
How about you? Have you ever received a promise from God and charged ahead without waiting for further instruction?