“Manoah said, ‘Now when your words come to pass, what shall be the boy’s mode of life and his vocation?’ So the angel of the Lord said to Manoah, ‘Let the woman pay attention to all that I said…let her observe all that I commanded’” (Judges 13:12-14).
The angel of the Lord had given specific instructions to Manoah’s wife regarding the coming birth of their child, Samson. Because he had questions of his own, Manoah prayed that the Angel of the Lord might appear once again. All the angel offers, however, is a recap of the instructions already given to the woman. It’s a simple reminder that our greatest need isn’t more information, but action–an obedience to what we already know. Even if we were to never again learn something new from God’s word, how much more effective would the witness of the church be if the members of the body of Christ put into full practice all that we already understand about scripture and living the Christian life?