Then Manoah said to Him, “What is Your name, so that we may honor You when Your words come true?” “Why do you ask My name,” the Angel of the LORD asked him, “since it is wonderful.” – Judges 13:17-18
In this passage of Scripture from the Old testament, we are given a great example of what is known by theologians as a Christophany (a suspected, pre-incarnate appearance of the Messiah). The Angel of the LORD (whose name is self-described as “wonderful” and who is also identified as “God” by Manoah) appeared to Samson’s parents to let them know that they would conceive and give birth to the strongman and legendary judge of Israel. When Manoah expressed a desire to know the Angel’s name, the Angel (Christ?) did not give it. He only described it, then He inquired as to the purpose of Manoah’s request. Apparently, Manoah was unwilling to give honor to God until God fulfilled His promise of Samson’s birth.
Manoah seemed to be more interested in God’s provision than His Person. Obviously, God met Manoah where he was and accomplished His plan in spite of Manoah’s unbelief, but the lesson is still evident. While the Lord is willing to meet our needs, He wants us to know Him and desire Him in the process of those needs being met. Crying out TO the Lord is not the same thing as crying out FOR Him … and we need to determine if the object of our desire is some THING or some ONE, if the relationship is to prove true.
Acquaint thyself with God. – A. W. Tozer