One of my favorite marriages in the Bible to talk about is that of Manoah and his wife in Judges 13 (Samson’s parents). What always strikes me about their marriage is how both of them spoke to God before they began to deal with her impending pregnancy. God speaks to her and tells her she will have a child and how she should raise the child. She then tells her husband and his first reaction is to talk to God – “Teach us what to do, for the boy that is to be born.”.
Then they go to God together and watch God do miracles. The big picture is that they have an unexpected situation in their marriage and they find themselves side by side.
When unexpected things come into your marriage the ability to row in the same direction is essential. But, oh, don’t do so like Ananias and Saphirra who “conspired together” to lie to God in Acts 5. But rather, meditate on Manoah and Saphirra who heard from God individually and came to God together to experience the miraculous in their marriage.
In your marriage, build spiritual time and discipline into your relationship so that in all the unexpected situations that come into your marriage head to God together as husband and wife.
Then the woman came and told her husband, “A man of God came to me, and his appearance was like the appearance of the angel of God, very awesome. I did not ask him where he was from, and he did not tell me his name, 7 but he said to me, ‘Behold, you shall conceive and bear a son. So then drink no wine or strong drink, and eat nothing unclean, for the child shall be a Nazirite to God from the womb to the day of his death.’”
8 Then Manoah prayed to the Lord and said, “O Lord, please let the man of God whom you sent come again to us and teach us what we are to do with the child who will be born.” Judges 13:6-8