I love this short story in Judges 13. There’s this woman, who for whatever reason, cannot have a baby. The Bible doesn’t say whether she had a miscarriage or just simply couldn’t get pregnant. Perhaps her husband’s body wasn’t “cooperating” in the process. In any case, this is a couple who desperately wants a child to carry on their family line, but they have been frustrated.
And then an amazing thing happens!
There must have been countless couples who were childless, but an angel from God shows up to this barren woman and says, “You are going to have a baby boy!” This thrilled (and probably somewhat dazed) mother-to-be runs to tell her husband Manoah what has just happened.
We know from the book Hebrews that the definition of faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see. But how do we express this faith? … this hope? … this certainty in unseen things?
It starts with our every day vocabulary choices.
Look at Manoah’s vocabulary. When he hears this news from his wife, he doesn’t say, “Yeah, right!” Instead he prays this incredible faith-filled prayer —
“O Lord, I beg You, let the man of God You sent to us come again to teach us how to bring up the boy who is to be born.”
Not: “I need more proof.” Or even: “A child.” But: “The boy that is to be born.”
God answers this prayer and the angel appears again. Once again Manoah’s faith-filled vocabulary is on display —
“When Your words are fulfilled, what is to be the rule for the boy’s life and work?”
Not: “If.” Or even: “I hope.” But: “When Your words are fulfilled.”
What a great example from Manoah!
Is there something for which you waiting on God? Do you feel like He’s given you an assurance in your heart for this? Then change your vocabulary … let it be faith-filled vocabulary. Change your If’s to When’s to show that you are sure of what you hope for and certain of what you do not see.
How are you expressing your faith? I’ll go first…