What does it say? An angel of the Lord told Manoah’s wife she would have a son who would be a Nazarite. Samson’s parents were given special instructions about his upbringing.
What does it mean? Samson was separated to the Lord as a Nazarite from the time of his conception. Manoah believed his wife’s report about the angel’s message but wanted to know more. He wasn’t asking God for an easier task or trying to make excuses. Manoah was already determined to obey even though the task ahead was daunting. He asked to hear from the angel of the Lord personally because he was excited to obey and wanted to do it right.
How should I respond? There is one basic decision in life that makes every other decision easier – “I will gladly obey whatever God asks me to do.” It’s just a matter of working out the details once you’ve made that determination. What is your first response when the Lord prompts you to do something you’ve never done before? Do you ask for an easier task? Some responsibilities can be intimidating if approached from a human standpoint. But God will never leave you without everything you need to complete the job. Begin by expressing your desire to obey; then ask Him to tell you more!