"So Manoah took the kid with the grain offering, and offered it on the rock to the LORD, to him who works wonders."
The story of Samson is the stuff of Hollywood (actually, more like an HBO mini-series!): flamboyant, excessive, action-packed, sexy, dangerous, and thrilling (note: Judges 14-16 tell the whole story, without pulling any punches!). But before that epic "gets good," Judges 13 tells about Samson's birth. Or, more specifically, his "annunciation."
An angel appears to a man named Manoah and his wife. They were childless. The angel promised them a son. At first they didn't know he was an angel. They wanted to shower him with hospitality,but instead he told them to make an offering to the LORD (13:16). When Manoah presented the burnt offering (13:19), the narrator tells us it was "to him who works wonders."
Now there's a name for god we don't hear as often as others (like LORD, Savior, Father, Master, King, Jehovah, etc.). "HIM WHO WORKS WONDERS." Which causes me to reflect back on my own life and experiences.... what are some of the "wonders" God has worked in and around me? What wonders have I witnessed in the world around me? As a pastor, among the various churches I've served? In people's lives... through relationships... in the midst of illness & disease... by changing hardened hearts.... etc. If I pause long enough, I come to see numerous instances of a God who works wonders.
What about you? Does that title for God ring true?