“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