Being still in the waiting

“Then Manoah prayed to the Lord, and said, “O my Lord, please let the Man of God whom You sent come to us again and teach us what we shall do for the child who will be born.” And God listened to the voice of Manoah, and the Angel of God came to the woman again as she was sitting in the field; but Manoah her husband was not with her. Judges 13:8-9

I like to be busy. One of the hardest things for me to learn along my journey of being a wife and mother is that I don’t always have to be up doing something. Being there with my family in the moment is much more important than making sure a spoon is in the dishwasher. “It will be there when I get there,” I tell myself. It’s still hard not to go do it!

I am telling you this because God has also required me to be still before Him. I like to walk or run and pray and I do get a lot of answers out there. But there are those moments early in the morning before anyone is stirring in the house, and my mind hasn’t started racing through the day, that I find peace and solitude with my Savior. He reveals much to me in that time through His Word.

There is so much in this passage of Judges but I am focusing on one. These are Samson’s parents. The Angel of the Lord appeared to the woman (not named) who was barren, and gave her specific instructions on how to live her life while she was pregnant. Samson was to be a Nazarite from the womb. So she had some dietary changes to make.

I find it interesting that after Manoah prayed that the Angel of the Lord appeared for the second time to the woman (again not named). She was sitting in a field. I’m not sure what she was doing there but she was obviously still. Maybe she was waiting on the answer to her husband’s prayer. I also noticed that although it was his prayer, the Angel appeared to her. The one with no name given. Although she is not named, she is significant.

I just love God so much. He waited for her while she ran in haste to get Manoah who was also sitting or reclining because it says he arose. It doesn’t indicate why they were apart, but that is the very moment the Angel of the Lord purposed to appear.  Just think about that for a minute.  He waited for her to get her husband.  I just think that is beautiful that God would wait for her and him.

The passage says God listened to Manoah. He hears you friend. He completely gets where you are. He wants to reassure you and clarify His position in your life. He has specific instructions for you and only you. You aren’t the same as anyone else. Are you still enough to hear Him when He speaks? He’s been waiting there for you to regard what He has to say. He may have even sent someone running to get your attention. Are you looking and waiting?

I think for some that they pray but they aren’t waiting for the answer. I’ve been waiting on one for over a year now. He will answer when the time is perfect. I completely trust Him. I don’t want to imply that the waiting has been easy for me, that wasn’t formerly a strength of mine. He’s shown me many things in waiting. I think He has been most interested in my faith throughout the process.

The Angel doesn’t address Manoah’s question about the future but reiterates what the woman must do while she is pregnant. Maybe we could take a lesson from that. Instead of wanting to constantly know what’s around the bend, maybe we should concern ourselves with the here and now.

Be still before God. Wait for His response. I think we honor Him when we ask of Him and then consciously just wait. It may be a few hours. Could be a few weeks. Could be fourteen months and counting (that would be me). However His answer will be well worth the wait. What is He working out in you during the process? Ask Him, He will make that evident to you. Many blessings to you in the coming week!

“Grace, mercy and peace will be with you from God the Father and from the Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of the Father, in truth and love. 2 John 1:3

Rahab-A Woman of Faith

And as soon as we heard these things, our  hearts melted; neither did there remain any more courage in anyone because of you, for the Lord your God, He is God in heaven above and on earth beneath.” Joshua 2:11

How are we treating those that are different than us? I’m talking about that person in your life that lives a different lifestyle than you do. The one who has made a series of poor choices and continues to do so.  My hope is that you are loving them right where they are and praying for a radical change. Appearing cross to them or pulling away certainly won’t show them the character of God.

Proverbs 31 Ministries brought up Rahab a few weeks ago and gave me lots to think about so I wanted to share it with you. If you aren’t familiar, Rahab was a prostitute. But she was a woman that believed in God because of what He had done for the Israelites.  She had only been told what had happened at the Red Sea, she didn’t see it, but she believed it. And she makes a great declaration of faith in the verse above.

The interesting part to me is how the spies responded to her. They didn’t call out her sin, they didn’t put her down for her lifestyle. They made a vow with her. If she didn’t tell their business they would save her and her whole family when they came to take the land. They treated her kindly, fairly and with respect. Something I have a feeling that she was not accustomed to.

I believe when they came back and rescued her and her family that it solidified her faith. By their actions and keeping their word, they demonstrated characteristics of God. Rescuing, keeping promises and restoring. They took her to a camp outside the city with the Israelites. Hopefully that was the beginning of a whole new life for her. She is the mother of Boaz. You know the story of Ruth, I hope? She is also in the lineage of our Jesus.

Hebrews Chapter 11 depicts mighty men and women of faith. But friends they were just ordinary people that God used to do extraordinary feats. Guess who makes the Hall of Faith? Our friend Rahab. Right there with Moses, Abraham, Noah, Issac and Jacob to name a few. See the verse below:

“By faith the harlot Rahab did not perish with those who did not believe, when she had received the spies with peace.” Hebrews 11:31

So I say all of that to get to this: Rahab’s faith saved her and her family. The way that the spies treated her, solidified her faith. No matter what her past was, God used her.  Her story made the Holy Bible.

So how about those in your life that are wayward? Please love and respect them where they are. Demonstrate Godly characteristics that God will use to draw them to His heart. I’m not implying that you condone what they are doing. But we can surely love people and disagree with their choices. Our choice to respect them may just be the message God uses to pull them into a whole new life.

Perhaps it is you. Maybe you have made some wayward choices. Take heart! God worked out a divine plan through Rahab and He will do the same for you! Know that you are loved more than you can ever comprehend by a God who never, ever fails. I also love you. If God can use me, trust me friend, He can use you too!