Samson *Judges 13

Judges 13
https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Judges+13&version=NKJV;NIV
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I found it interesting that the angel of the Lord appeared to the sterile wife and told her she’d become pregnant and have a son (Samson). When she told her husband, he immediately 8 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.”9 God heard Manoah (husband) , and the angel of God came again to the woman while she was out in the field; but her husband Manoah was not with her. 10 The woman hurried to tell her husband, “He’s here! The man who appeared to me the other day!”
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I found this so interesting because the angel of the Lord spoke to the woman. She told her husband and he believed her. He immediately prayed an earnest prayer to the Lord. The Lord heard his humble prayer right away, but came to the wife again and not her husband. This tells me that God truly hears our prayers and does answer us, however it is not always in the way we would expect or even want. The husband wanted an answer to his prayer. He wanted to get the answer himself. But God in His kindness let the man know He heard his prayer.
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When it seems as though God is not listening to our prayers or answering them – how do we really know? We jump to conclusions and think that God is not listening, He doesn’t care, or He’s not answering, but how do we really know? The point here is that God does hear our prayers and He does answer them. Although, sometimes it may seem like God doesn’t hear or at times He’s not answering, but we can’t put God in a box. His ways and reasons are so far beyond comprehension. God answers with a yes, no, or wait. So when we pray and think God did not hear us or God doesn’t care, we are wrong. God does care. God does care very much about our lives. We are the ones who have to be willing to accept God’s answer in the way that He presents it.
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So when you think your prayers are not being heard or answered stop, and think again. The problem is never with God; the problem is on our side.
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Lord, I pray that you would show each one of us that You truly do hear what we say to You. And that You are well aware of the situation at hand. Open up our understanding to see that You care deeply for each one of us and that You are the One who takes delight when we come to You any time of day or night to talk to You because You are God. And You are the true and only source of help in time of need. We praise and thank You God for all that You do. In Jesus Name.

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God, I need daily instruction
To keep my life from destruction
To keep the enemy at bay
To You, Lord God Almighty I pray
Lord, I do need to know
The right way to go
Help me to walk the talk
Not just talk the walk
I need to hear from You daily
This I can see plainly
Remove all my distractions
And all deceptive attractions
Move me where I need to be
I pray to You, God Almighty
Keep me from doing what’s wrong
In Your presence is where I belong
Come now Lord and heed my call
Remove every obstacle and wall
Make my way clear and straight
Lord, do it now and not hesitate
It is on You, Lord that I wait
A new heart in me create

All this Lord come and do
I put all my faith, trust in You

Arrogance *Judges 12:1-7

Judges 12:1-7
https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Judges+12%3A1-7&version=NKJV;NIV
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Again, resentment, envy, jealousy, but now there is also arrogance. Fighting with brothers (and/ or sisters) is needless. Because this clan (Ephraim) did not get the fame, honor, victory they desired, (which their brother received) they wanted to do them harm. Their words were foolish and disgustingly arrogant. Even when their brother tried to defuse the situation by speaking truth and reason, Ephraim wouldn’t hear it. In their foolishness, paying no attention to what was right, they ended up paying a very high price – the loss of many lives. A waste of time. A waste of life.
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Pride cometh before a fall
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Lord God, keep us from being a foolish, prideful, arrogant people. Show us Your way and help us to walk in it. May we be Your people who try to defuse a harmful situation instead of fueling it. Show us the err of our way and lead us in the way everlasting.