Everyone knows the story of Samson. Strong guy, long hair, enjoyed riddles, attracted to the wrong girls, got a bad hair cut, and destroyed a bunch of Philistines at his death. He is one of the most interesting guys in the Bible and I may write more about him later, but today I want to write about Samson’s parents.
Manoah and his wife were unable to have children before they had Sampson. In Judges 13 the angel of the Lord appeared to Manoah’s wife and told her she was going to have a baby boy and that she should never drink wine or eat anything unclean. Also, the boys hair was not to be cut. He would be a Nazarite from birth, set apart for God, and used to begin to save Israel from the Philistines.
Excited and probably in shock she ran to tell her husband about her very informational visit from the angel, which she described as looking “very awesome.”
Manoah, I’m sure after taking a seat and letting what he just heard sink in, prayed “O my Lord, please let the Man of God whom You sent come to us again and teach us what we shall do for the child who will be born.”
There were no “What to Expect When you Are Expecting a Nazarite” books to read back then and Manoah was feeling inadequate. The “Oh my goodness, I’m going to be a dad!” nerves were setting in. He wanted the man who appeared to his wife to come back and teach him how to care for the bun in her oven.
God heard his prayer and sent the angel back. When he saw the angel he asked him “What will be the boy’s rule of life, and his work?” In other words, tell me what my son will do. I want some details. I want you to show me what his future looks like.
The angel simply repeated what he had already told Manoah’s wife. No new info, just the steps they needed to get started.
As a parent, I totally relate to this story. When you get a new refrigerator it comes with a 35 page operation manual that tells you everything you need to know about your specific make and model. When you leave the hospital with a newborn baby they give you one sheet of paper with a few tips. Every baby is different and there is no book, no pamphlet, no parenting magazine or piece of paper from the hosptial that will tell you exactly how to operate your specific make and model.
Your best parenting resource is always going to be God. He designed your children and knows every inch of them, inside and out. When you feel like you need someone to teach you what to do with the children God has blessed you with, ask Him.
God sent Jesus, who was the angel of the Lord, to give instruction and vision to Sampson’s parents, and was very patient with them when they said, “Wait, we didn’t get that. Can you send that awesome looking guy again?” He did send Him again and I love that! To me it shows how much God values good parenting. He wanted to help these new parents succeed. He wants to help us succeed too!
We can pray the same type of prayer that Manoah prayed when we have questions about raising our children. “O, Lord send Jesus to teach us what to do with our son or our daugther.” He’ll speak to you. He’ll give you the answers you are seeking. He knows what’s causing them to dislike school, what sport they should try out for, what school they should go to, who they will marry, and anything else you might be curious about. He may not give you all the details, but He will give you the steps that you can take right now to get your kids where He wants to them go. Jesus is for parents!
- God wants to help us be great parents.
- God will teach us what to do with our children.
- Jesus is “very awesome!”
- God told me what gender each of my babies would be before they were born.
- God helped me pick out Gus’ preschool.
- God told us once that we were giving Gus too much sugar!
- God’s been speaking to us about where Gus will go to kindergarden.
- God showed me what time to put Beau down for naps.
- God gave Josh the idea for sticker charts to help Gus with his obedience.
- God has given me specific scriptures to pray over each of our kids.
- Gus was prophesied at his dedication and it was powerful! We’ve already seen things come to pass that no one could have known about him at just 4 months old… no one expect God of course.
- God helped me figure out sleep training and both of our kids were sleeping through the night by 10 weeks.
- God showed Josh how to have Gus pray to receive healing from a stuttering problem.
- God gave me the idea to make memory verse flash cards to teach the kids scripture with.
- God told me I could figure out nursing with Beau if I wanted to, so I believed him and nursed her for 9 months.
- God doesn’t give us too much information… just what we need to get going and then he’ll give us more. Raising kids is a continual asking, listening, doing process.
- Josh took Gus to school for me this morning.
- Idea shopping for Beau’s birthday party. She’s my favorite shopping buddy!
- Nice, refreshing rain.
- Got to visit Josh at the office for a few minutes today.
- All of the sweet ladies at the office that made such a fuss over Beau.
- Chic Fil A lunch!
- Julie, my cheerleader!
- Life’s A Happy Song.
- Picking up Gus from school and hearing all about his first day back from Christmas break.
- Breakfast for dinner night.
- Josh got to come home and play a few rounds of Disney Scene It with us this afternoon.