In Judges 13 we meet the story of Samson‘s birth when an angel came to announce the call of Samson upon Manoah’s wife. The Angel told her she was to conceive and bear a child and no razor would touch his head.
She, in turn, told the Manoah about the visitation. Manoah was absent when the angelic visitation happened to his wife but regardless he entreated (beseech, request for earnestly) God in his own place that the angel visits them again so that they can learn how to rear the child Samson in the manner that he should be brought up.
The question is, how many of us are entreating (earnestly searching) the Lord to teach us worship, let alone lead us into worship the manner that he desires us to worship? Beyond Sunday are we chasing after God, beyond the four walls of a church or mid-week services as worshippers do we have a relationship with the Lord?
Worship is a lifestyle and daily experience and I know we are in a world full of things going on, but we need to grow beyond all these and earnestly seek after God, entreat him into our lives daily.
A worshipper is a giver and as a worshipper, if you are struggling with the aspect of giving then you have a huge challenge because WORSHIP IS GIVING, you don’t give what you don’t have. If you haven’t learnt how to give then work on it. Abraham’s worship was giving, David’s worship was giving, and Moses worship was giving. Name anyone in the Bible who was a worshipper and wasn’t a giver
Even David said to Arunah in 2 Samuel 24:24
“Nay; but I will surely buy it of thee at a price: neither will I offer burnt offerings unto the LORD my God of that which doth cost me nothing“.
Manoah knew that he had to give to God and that was his response when the men of God showed up at his doorstep.
Back to the story, the Man of God appeared to Manoah and his wife and explained how they were to bring up Samson to be the man that God had set him up to do. The Angel told him to offer the kid on a rock, think about it an angel of the Lord had time to wait for Manoah to kill, skin a goat and prepare his offering.
Are we diligent enough to sit and learn, are we diligent enough to listen and are we diligent enough prepare our lives? How long does it take to skin a goat but the angel was waiting so that he can offer it up?
Remember that worship is not an act but it’s a lifestyle. Are you diligently learning and preparing your life so that you can be used of God?
Everyone wants to be used by God but few aren’t willing to wait for God’s time. If the angel could wait for Manoah to prepare a kid, can’t we wait for God to do something unique with and in our lives before we rush to minister to the congregation?
Lessons From Manoah
1. As worshippers, we should entreat the Lord to take us deeper so that we may take the church deeper. As the world gets uglier by day, the answer is Christ and we find those answers in his presence.
2. If an angel can wait it means sacrifice should be our language as worshippers and that our Samson is the church we have been mandated to usher them into his presence always.
3. We should desire to learn more that we don’t grow complacent and stay at the same level. Manoah could have raised Samson at the word of his wife but his desired to know more of what God allowed him to open a whole new world to his life.
What will make our corporate worship extraordinary is when its individuals and leaders live an extraordinary life of worship. We need to learn to listen to that man even though he is an angel and we don’t know it.
Worship in the beauty of His Holiness.
What are some ways that we can chase after God? With your life what is the one thing that you constantly asking and seeking God for?