DEAL WITH SIN OR GOD WILL DEAL WITH YOU
God Puts His Leaders in Place
Jerry A Collins
v How far ahead does God prepare His plan?
v Do we have any party in the accomplishing of God’s plan?
v Is it necessary to be set apart for special use by God?
is never caught off guard. Our God is always on top of things and way ahead of
the ballgame—like all of these clichés’? God is never on His heels or caught
napping. We are always preparing ourselves for some future use—like my working
on my doctorate next week and the next few years or
you receiving more training or polishing up the resume’ or pulling out the
planner—things we do to prepare ourselves ahead of time for new
responsibilities or opportunities that may come. God is always preparing his
leader to step into some future situation and be a champion for God and God’s
will. Special times call for special people and we all want to be prepared for
that—so, too, God. This was the case before Samson’s birth. He was already
being prepared even while he was in the womb. The context for this new
initiative on God’s part is the monotonous downward spiral climaxing now with
the seventh episode of apostasy in the nation—3:5-7; 12-14; 4:1-3; 6:1-2; -35; 10:6-9. This spiral is connected with the
oppression of a new group of antagonists called the Philistines. Philistine’s
ambitions came naturally. Their five cities strategically located on the
GOD TAKES THE INITIATIVE TO ID AND PREPARE A LEADER
whole story of Samson’s birth is filled with divine initiative. Manoah’s wife is barren—had
borne no child vs 2 for emphasis sake. Then the
angel of the Lord appears and repeats the same thing vs
3—for emphasis—barren and no child. We are set up for a takeover. Twice we
learn from Him that she will conceive and
give birth to a son vs 3
& 5. He will be from the tribe of Dan and he will be a Nazarite to God—she cannot drink alcohol or eat anything
ritually unclean and no razor can ever cut his hair v 4-5. He will begin to
GOD IS TO BE HONORED FOR HIS INITIATIVE TOWARD US
This honoring of God comes in at least two forms.
1. An interest in discovering the will of God and doing it vs 8 & 14. The woman tells her husband all about the visitation of the angel of God vs 6-7. Then Manoah prays asking God to teach them what to do for the boy when he is born 8. God listens to the prayer, sends the angel again, who repeats what was originally said and a caveat—let her observe all that I commanded vs 14. Our honoring of God means taking His concerns to heart and pleasing Him. It means that God’s will is always the focus so that He is not dishonored by how I use the gift He has given to me. That will is not only sought, it is done. You cannot honor God with your life, your leadership, you’re calling, and ignore His will and heart.
2. Recognizing God is our benefactor and making sacrifices for Him 16, 19, 23. Manoah sums up the heart of the issue when he asks for the angels name so that when his promise happens we may honor you vs 17. Manoah got the message that this was God v 22 who has promised and surely since they survived these things it will come to pass 23. Indeed it did vs 24. We honor God when we trust Him to do what He says. All that you have is from your sovereign God. Your gratitude is a form of honor toward our Patron in heaven. God’s prestige grows by means of our worship and sacrifice in His name. So the child grew up, and Lord blessed him, the spirit of the Lord began to stir him v 24-25. So we can conclude being blessed by God and being used by God does not equal being godly.
1. God has already prepared you for your future. What will you do with it?
2. Don’t cheat God our of the honor He must have by ignoring His will or safety.