Judges 13:8-14

Then Manoah entreated the Lord and said, “O Lord, please let the man of God whom You have sent come to us again that he may teach us what to do for the boy who is to be born.” God listened to the voice of Manoah; and the angel of God came again to the woman as she was sitting in the field, but Manoah her husband was not with her. 10 So the woman ran quickly and told her [a]husband, “Behold, the man who [b]came the other day has appeared to me.” 11 Then Manoah arose and followed his wife, and when he came to the man he said to him, “Are you the man who spoke to the woman?” And he said, “I am.” 12 Manoah said, “Now when your words come to pass, what shall be the boy’s mode of life and his vocation?” 13 So the angel of the Lord said to Manoah, “Let the woman pay attention [c]to all that I said. 14 She should not eat anything that comes from the vine nor drink wine or strong drink, nor eat any unclean thing; let her observe all that I commanded.”

Like Manoah, we sometimes try to get ahead of God, and ask things that are months or even years ahead. Manoah asks the angel what occupation his son would have, but the angel isn’t distracted.

He focuses on the important things, that their son should be dedicated to God. And so it should be with us. Don’t get caught up asking God about future events. Focus on dedicating your life to glorify Him, whether you are a pastor, a missionary, a carpenter, or a janitor. Seek God first, and He will direct your path (even when you don’t realize it).

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