Sometimes, God prefers the crock pot

Judges 13:2-5  2 A certain man of Zorah, named Manoah, from the clan of the Danites, had a wife who was sterile and remained childless. 3 The angel of the LORD appeared to her and said, “You are sterile and childless, but you are going to conceive and have a son. 4 Now see to it that you drink no wine or other fermented drink and that you do not eat anything unclean, 5 because you will conceive and give birth to a son. No razor may be used on his head, because the boy is to be a Nazirite, set apart to God from birth, and he will begin the deliverance of Israel from the hands of the Philistines.” 

God’s not really in a hurry, is He?  He is perfectly content doing things at His own pace.  And I guess I am okay with that; after all… He IS God.  He knows what is best for any given situation, regardless of our opinion of it.  He can step back and see our circumstances devoid of a time line.  While we think linear in terms of time, God is focused more on the outcome.  Urgency is a far less important word to Him than victory.

Here in Judges 13, Israel is once again in need of rescuing.  We have read the stories about Gideon, Othniel, and Deborah, where God shows up and creates a leader on the spot.  But in this case, God is going to slow roast the victory.  Rather than picking someone who is ready to lead, He decides to come visit a barren woman and let her give birth to the next leader.  Now if you ask me, that is going to take a while.  Even 9 months seems like a long time, yet alone the growing up this kid will have to do before he can lead.  This is what God chooses for the Israelites in their given circumstance.  He did the same thing with Jesus – sent a baby.

It seems that waiting on a child to grow up requires trusting God.  It requires waiting out the greatness of His plan.  We don’t generally think that way, though.  We want God to throw the leader in the microwave and be ready like instant mashed potatoes.  But sometimes… God prefers the crock pot.  When He chooses the crock pot, it requires that we wait.  It requires that we pray and trust.  It requires that we continue to pursue Him in the meantime.   For just because the victory isn’t ready yet, doesn’t mean it isn’t cooking.  We must allow God to be God and let Him decide what route is the best.  Remember this: the victory might still be a toddler, but it’s still coming.

One thought on “Sometimes, God prefers the crock pot

  1. Regarding Jesus, He had to begin as a baby. He had to live a sinless life to be qualified as the perfect “lamb” who takes away the sin of the world. The book of Ruth helps understand the concept of a kinsman-redeemer. Jesus had to be a sinless human (a close kinsman) to be qualified as our Kinsman-Redeemer and be the substitutionary sacrifice for us.

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