Monday, July 1, 2013

The Wonder

Yesterday morning I was reading the story of Samson, and I found it interesting about the angel. When Manoah, Samson's father asked him what his name was, his reply was "you wouldn't understand, it's sheer wonder."
It seems that Manoah was left a little  dumbfounded, because he felt that he didn't understand or know what to do after the Angel of the Lord left. So, he prayed that God would send an Angel again and explain to them the steps in child rearing this special child. God did. The Angel of the Lord came again, he basically said the same thing to both Manoah and his wife. Manoah, gave a sacrifice and the angel disappeared in the midst of it. The reality of it all hit Manoah and he was certain that he and his wife were going to die! After all they had seen God's angel. But, his wife said, "If God were planning to kill us, he wouldn't have accepted our whole burnt offering and grain offering, or revealed all these things to us--given us this birth announcement."
I love how she was able to remain calm and have faith. She gave birth to Samson. He grew and God blessed him. The Spirit of God stirred within him.
Back to The Angel of the Lord, we never do hear the name. Throughout the old testament The Angel of the Lord with the name that is sheer wonder, does works of wonder for a God of wonder!  I try to imagine what it would be like to have The Angel of the Lord come to see me and give me some kind of wondrous news from God!  Would I think that I was about to die like Manoah, or stay calm like his wife did?
God has given me wondrous news now, promises for my future. Sometimes I stay calm and live in faith. I am able to state the obvious just as she did. Then there are times that I am more like Manoah, and I think I'm going to die.
Jesus, You have revealed Your promises to me, You have accepted me, loved me, chosen me, and I choose to glorify You today! What a wonder You are. Say That Again!

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