Life Lessons from the Lord

Opening Prayer: 

Heavenly Father, we are but earthly vessels and you are the potter. Mold us and shape us more into your perfect image, making us what you want us to be. Keep our pride from getting in the way and teach us to be shining examples of Jesus Christ on this earth!

 

Read: Judges 13:8, NIV

8 Then Manoah prayed to the Lord: “Pardon your servant, Lord. I beg you to 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.”

 

Reflect: 

Growing up, I remember how amazed I was at my dad’s knowledge of everything. He seemed to have the answer to every question I posed to him! I asked him how he knew so much. “Son, when you get to be my age, you will have learned a lot and will probably know as much or more than I do.” As a young boy under the age of 10, that seemed an impossible proposition to me. Now I manage young people in the workplace, just coming out of college, who ask me questions all day and I have the opportunity to instruct them. It has been said that the best way to learn is to actually “teach.” I find that to be so very true.

As a new parent, I was equally at a loss as to “how to raise a child?” Just like in the story today of Sampson’s father, Manoah, I seek God’s help every day to be the very best father I can be for my children. Manoah knew, and I know full well, that apart from God’s Holy Spirit, we cannot be the parents He wants us to be. One key part of someone being able to help you with a task, is your willingness to “receive” that help. If you feel like you know it all and don’t want to listen to advice, it will do you no good to get guidance from anyone. However, if you realize your weakness and acknowledge your need for help, you can receive great blessings through Godly instruction. II Corinthians 12:9 says, “But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore, I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.” In the same way, Jesus reminds us that we should let our requests be made known to God and ask, much like Manoah did in the verse today. In John 16:24 Jesus said, “Until now you have not asked for anything in my name. Ask and you will receive, and your joy will be complete.”

 

Apply: 

“No man is an island unto himself.” This famous phrase is true in terms of spiritual growth and maturity, as well. Do you have a mentor or protégé in your life? Consider having one of each. Those with more wisdom can lead you and hold you accountable in your walk with the Lord. Those newer in their faith, who may look to you for guidance, will keep you humble and make you stay grounded in God’s word as you share with and teach them. We can all learn new things every day!

 

Closing Prayer: 

Father, keep me humble and teachable enough to learn more about you. Give me a passion to share and mentor others. Help me to be a light in dark places so that the love of Christ may be spread abroad for the world to see…through me.

Terry Schneider