“And the angel of the Lord said to Manoah, ‘Of all that I said to the woman let her be careful.'” (ESV – Read the chapter)
Manoah didn’t believe his wife. The text doesn’t come right out and say this, but I suspect that’s what was really going on here. And think about why: In that culture a childless couple was considered cursed by God. It was a step worse than a couple who couldn’t have a son. This was the life of Manoah and his wife. Then she comes to him out of the blue and announces that God told her she’s going to get pregnant and have a son and that the son is going to save Israel from the Philistines who had been oppressing them for a generation. This would be a little like someone coming and telling you he had a dream that you were going to get that big promotion at work and a big raise and you won the lottery as well. Naturally, he was suspicious.
His response was to ask the Lord to come again to explain further anything special they were to do in raising this child they were supposedly going to have. I love what comes next. The Lord comes again to Manoah’s wife, and again it’s when he wasn’t with her. She has to run and get him. When he gets there, he asks his question and the angel of the Lord essentially says, “I already told her what you need to do; listen to her.”
Guys, let’s be honest: Too often we treat our wives like Manoah does here. We don’t listen to them like we should and we discount their wisdom when it comes to spiritual matters. We need to confess this, repent of it, and quit doing it. Being guys does not give us any kind of a privileged position before the Lord. He can speak to them the same way that He speaks to us. If they come to us with a word from Him, we’d better pay attention.