In today’s chapter we get the back story to the last Judge risen in this book. After the death of Abdon, Israel turned back to their evil ways. An angel came to the wife of a man named Manoah. She had been unable to conceive, but the angel told her that she was going to give birth to a son. There was a list of rules for her to follow during her pregnancy and over the child’s life, most importantly that he was to be dedicated to God. The symbol of his dedication was that his hair must never be cut. After telling her husband what had happened, he prayed that God would send the angel back. When he returned, he explained everything to Manoah as well. Manoah made a sacrifice to God, and the angel ascended in the flames. When the boy was born, they named him Samson.
God has a plan for each one of us. A plan that started before we took our first breath. Are we listening to God’s direction for that plan? He tells us “For I know the plans that I have for you, plans for welfare and not for calamity to give you a future and a hope.” (Jeremiah 29:11, NASB). God’s plans are meant for good. This doesn’t mean we won’t have hard times. Jesus’ life was certainly not easy or happy all the time, it had lots of pain and suffering. Yet, his life was the biggest part of God’s plan. I say this because I don’t want us to think that living according to God’s plan makes life easy.
Are you following His plan, or yours? It’s a question that we must ask ourselves everyday. If you find yourself living counter to what God is wanting from you, let’s spend sometime re-purposing our lives today. We should be doing all things for the glory of God, no matter the cost. So let’s spend some time in prayer and worship today.
Also in this series
- Just a Bit of History (Judges 1)
- The Testing of Israel (Judges 2)
- We Need God to Succeed (Judges 3)
- Make Your Enemy Flee (Judges 4)
- Being Thankful (Judges 5)
- Staring Down the Mob (Judges 6)
- We Don’t Need More (Judges 7)
- Are You Obeying (Judges 8)
- Are You Ambitions? (Judges 9)
- Remaining Faithful (Judges 10)
- It Takes Sacrifice (Judges 11)
- Need Some Help (Judges 12)
Psalms to Pray: Psalm 68