To the Lord

today's reading.
Judges 13:13-25    And the angel of the LORD said to Manoah, "Of all that I said to the woman let her be careful...

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One message hit me loud and clear from Judges 13:13-25: I need to make sure I'm giving my thanks, my praise, my reverence, my offerings to the Lord--period. Pretty logical message really, but unfortunately it's not too difficult to get pulled off course. We see that to some extent with Manoah. Manoah wants to thank, recognize and honor this messenger, but the angel of God immediately, and with authority, directs Manoah's focus to the Lord. "And the angel of the Lord said to Manoah 'If you detain me, I will not eat of your food. But if you prepare a burnt offering, then offer it to the Lord'" (vs. 16).

So how can we make sure that we are directing our thanks, praise and reverence to the right place--God? Tami W.

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