Acts 20:1-16; Judges 13; Job 41
Sometimes it’s the simple acts of faith that are the hardest. Manoah’s wife came to him to tell him startling news. A man of God had come to her and told her not only that she was going to have a baby, but that he would deliver the children of Israel from the Philistines. He also had set some strict guidelines for his life. When Zechariah was told about the upcoming birth of John, he questioned the angel. Manoah trusted his wife and asked a great question: “Then Manoah prayed to the LORD: ‘O LORD, I beg you, let the man of God you sent to us come again to teach us how to bring up the boy who is to be born.’” (Judges 13:8) As parents we all need God’s help. We should be praying daily seeking His guidance to help us raise our children. Manoah had a special reason to after hearing the prophecy the angel gave to his wife. God’s plan was to deliver Israel through this not yet born child. With fifteen to twenty years of child rearing ahead of him, Manoah wanted to do things right. We may not get predictions from an angel about the future of our children, but we always need God’s help and guidance to raise them right. Even today, as a grandfather, I pray that God would teach me how to show His love and grace to my children because I still need that help.
Lord, give me Your guidance today. Teach me how to love and help my children. Teach me to show them Your love and help them draw closer to You. Work in their lives to overcome my failures as a parent and let them proclaim Your grace to others daily.