“The angel of the Lord said to Manoah, ‘Though you detain me, I will not eat your food but if you prepare a burnt offering, then offer it to the Lord.’ For Manoah did not kow that he was the angel of the Lord” (Judges 13:16).

Manoah’s desire to prepare a young goat for the angel of the Lord (v.15) was an offering of gratitude and appreciation. It could be argued that a spirit of thanksgiving is the quality that best captures the genuineness of our faith in God and his provision. To give thanks in all things (1 Thess. 5:18) is faith at its finest, while grumbling and complaining indicates that one’s ability to express gratitude is dependent upon upon favorable circumstances.

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