Then Manoah inquired of the angel of the LORD, “What is your name, so that we may honor you when your word comes true?” And the angel of the LORD replied, “Why do you ask for my name? It is wonderful.” Judges 13:17-18
Manoah and his wife were barren and living in a time when Israel was under the Philistines’ rule. Sometimes, even with the best intentions we can find ourselves spiritually barren, in a season of life when the relentless attack of the enemy just seems overwhelming.
Manoah in Hebrew means rest. The enemy gets us off-track by getting us out of rest. How does he do this? By getting you into self-effort, where we trust in your own abilities to solve our problems. He wants us running around frantically looking for a solution, feeling anxious and troubled. But God wants us restful, trusting in Him and allowing Him to lead you to victory. Look at Jesus in the Gospels. No one was more restful than Him, yet no one was more effective than He was! Jesus rested in the love of His Father and only did what He saw His Father doing—there was no self-effort.
Stop striving through your own efforts and rest in the Lord’s love for you. Rest by trusting in His finished work. Manoah had heard and put his faith in the finished word of the Lord. He said, “What is your name, so that we may honor you when your word comes true?”
When you place your faith in the person and finished work of Christ – that’s how you allow Him to direct you with divine wisdom to His divine solutions. That’s how you allow His grace to abound in your life. His grace will stop that addiction. His grace will drive out that disease. His grace will fill your areas of lack and lead you to abundance and victory!
Manoah knew there was nothing he could do to bring the word to pass, so he believed the word and rested in the One who gave it to perform it. The result of Manoah’s believing in rest was that Samson was born. Samson brought fruitfulness to Manoah and his wife and deliverance to Israel from under the hands of the Philistines.
No matter what you are facing, be it barrenness, poor health, depression, fear, financial, whatever it may be, God’s promises are sure and cannot fail.
…Not one word has failed of all the good things that the LORD your God promised concerning you. All have come to pass for you; not one of them has failed. Joshua 23:14