Judges 13:1-14 And the people of Israel again did what was evil in the sight of the LORD, so the LORD gave them into the hand of the Philistines for forty years...
Samson's parents, Manoah and his wife, impressed me in Judges 13:1-14. They are childless, but then an angel of God appears and tells Manoah's wife (and later Manoah) that she will have a baby, a boy, and that "the child shall be a Nazirite to God from the womb, and he shall begin to save Israel from the hand of the Philistines" (vs. 5). Now Manoah and his wife had to be thrilled that they were going to have a baby, but at the same time, they had been told point blank that their son was special to the Lord and that he would be used to rescue Israel from the Philistines.
Now it would have been easy for Manoah and his wife to question and doubt and try to hold on to their son. But they didn't miss a beat. They seemed to understand that their child was a gift from God and fully accept that God was going to use their son for His purpose and plan.
So what did Manoah and his wife show you about having open hands with God when it comes to people, things, and/or areas in our lives that are important and precious to us? Tami W.
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