Thursday, March 19, 2015

What Questions Will God Answer?

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Judges 13: 12, 17 And the angel of the LORD said unto Manoah, Of all that I said unto the woman let her beware... And Manoah said unto the angel of the LORD, What is thy name, that when thy sayings come to pass we may do thee honour?


At this stage of my life, I am sometimes discouraged by how little I know. Thankfully,  God knows everything! All the questions that I have correspond to the answers that God knows. God can answer my questions, but will God answer every question? The answer is clearly "no."

In Judges 13 God sent a messenger to Manoah and his wife to tell them of a special child, a deliverer, that God would give them. His name was to be Samson, and he would be used by God in a special way to begin a deliverance of God's people from their enemies. I love what the Bible says in verse 8-9, "Then Manoah intreated the LORD...and God hearkened to the voice of Manoah." Often it is found in the Bible that someone asks and God answers.

So, what questions can we expect answers to when it comes to our questions of God? In verse 12 Manoah had a question for God's messenger. He essentially asked, "What do we need to do to honor God with this child?" The angel gave him a very quick answer. He basically stated what he had already said to Manoah's wife when he instructed her how to raise this child.

In verse 17, Manoah asks an even simpler question, "What is thy name, that when thy sayings come to pass we may do thee honour?" Now that is such an easy question that one would think there would be no problem in giving an answer, but the angel of the LORD said unto him, "Why askest thou thus after my name, seeing it is secret?" When have you ever asked someone their name and not expected to get some kind of an answer?

Now there's probably more to this than we are going to go into at this moment, but suffice it to say, whatever else Manoah's intent, his question was born of curiosity. In verse 12, his question was born of submission. God is not obliged to satisfy your curiosity, but He has obliged Himself to give you the grace you need to respond to Him in complete submission.
Anything you need to know in order to honor God, God will give you. Will God answer every question just to satisfy your curiosity? No. But will God provide every answer you need to do His will? Yes. Submission often yields answers that curiosity cannot. So, trust God, turn your questions toward Him, and be encouraged that you will know as much as you need to know in order to honor Him with your actions and your life.

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