I was led to this passage of scripture last year during a particularly difficult time. I was asking and seeking about a specific thing and the Holy Spirit led me to the story of Manoah and his wife.
Let’s set the scene, shall we? Get out your flannel graph.
Israel had abandoned God again.
A barren woman was in the field when an angel appeared and told her that she was with child. He gave her directions for the pregnancy and left. The woman went home and told her husband.
What I find fascinating is her husband’s response:
Judges 13:8 Then Manoah entreated the LORD and said, “O Lord, please let the man of God whom You have sent come to us again that he may teach us what to do for the boy who is to be born.”
Did you get that? He didn’t say, “Woman, are you sure about what I mean, you’ve been in the fields for a while. Maybe you got it wrong.” Knowing that Israel had turned its back on God, I find it even more curious that he immediately prayed to God. So, there are two things I can conclude about these two soon-to-be parents: 1. The woman is very trustworthy 2. The man has great faith.
The angel did come back. Manoah’s question for him:
Judges 13: 12 Manoah said, “Now when your words come to pass, what shall be the boy’s mode of life and his vocation?”
Notice the work when. When indicates total faith in the word spoken. It’s not if, maybe or even why. Manoah has great faith.
So, I asked the Lord: How can this man have such amazing faith? The Lord answered me: “The answer is in his name.”
Manoah means rest. It is who he is. He rests and he is able to trust.
Faith is not in worry. Faith is not in fear. Faith is in rest. Rest. Believe that He is who He said He is in your life. Will He take care of you? Yes. Will He love you? Yes. Will He always be with you? Yes. Rest.
This is a song I loved in high school. As an adult, I find myself often singing the chorus for comfort. 🙂 Enjoy.