Judges 13:22, “We’re certainly going to die . . . because we have seen God!”
Do we always know what we’re asking when we pray?
We beg God for showers of blessing but we ask without knowing that black clouds must gather in to bring them. Thank God for this ignorance because we might hesitate if we knew how God prepares us to receive what we ask for.
Remember Jesus sleeping peacefully in the lower deck of the boat before telling the wind and waves, “Knock it off! You’re scaring the children!”
Let’s just admit we don’t yet fully know God’s methods, ways, whereabouts, or thoughts. God wants to answer prayers for growth in faith and grace but he knows a rod of discipline alone delivers us from the dangers of ongoing and childish ignorance. He comes with sharp heavy shears to tear up the soil in preparation of harvest.
When His hot irons blister both heart and hands we ask, “Is all of this actually necessary!?”, the answer comes, “This is what you asked for. This is the way Abba answers requests.”
- Has this hot garbage you’re experiencing caused you to fear some sort of death as the only escape?
- Can what you’re experiencing be recounted for in some other past season of prayer? Don’t pray for revival and make the mistake of asking God to stop short of the full blessing.
Let’s look at this trial season of trouble with profound new eyes saying, “God is giving me exactly what I asked Him for. I asked to experience the power and presence of God and I HAVE seen Him, but now my spirit is terrified.”
Also, it is common for a person to become spirit-poor as a forerunner of some remarkable blessing. Manoah and his wife received the highest joy of life and the height of their personal ambition by becoming the parents of a son (Samson) whom the Lord would use as a genesis of Israel’s deliverance.
They were filled with deep joy at the thought of it, but when Manoah heard from the Angel of the LORD, his spirit became so heavy he said, “We’re certainly going to die . . . because we have seen God.”
Foreboding skies speak of showers of mercy and sweet favor is sharp affliction’s twin.
This was an adaptation of Spurgeon’s thoughts on Judges 13:22 found in Alistair Begg’s CSB Spurgeon Study Bible.
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