Trusting and Listening to God

‘So Manoah asked him, “When your words are fulfilled, what is to be the rule that governs the boy’s life and work?”

Judges 13:12

How often do you question God’s word?

For me it seems like it happens almost daily.   

I’m not proud of that, it just prove how dumb I really am.  I mean who am I, this young guy to question the being that created the heavens and the earth, the one who created everything in love, the one who created me?

You might be asking where this is coming from.

Well, today we are going to talk about chapter 13 in Judges. While we can read this chapter many different ways and pull many different meanings out of it. This morning God led me to actually listening to him and trusting what he tells me.

Let’s start with Verse 8: “Then Manoah prayed to the Lord : “Pardon your servant, Lord. I beg you to let the man of God you sent to us come again to teach us how to bring up the boy who is to be born.”

I re-read this verse several times. And what God showed me was that when she prayed, it wasn’t for the angel to come back so her husband would believe what she was saying.


It was so they could learn HOW to raise the child for God’s purpose.

All too often we forget that everything we do is for God.  Or at least it should be. 

I think back to when we gave our business, Eclipse DOT, to God.  We had had the business name for 2 years and were working on all the backend stuff.  Like a website, what we would do (products), people we would talk to (potential customers), how much we should charge, the list goes on and on.

Then one day Jenna (my brilliant and beautiful wife) said hey why don’t we pray together right now about the business and just see where God guides our hearts.

Being the great husband I am, I listened and we prayed right there while driving down the road between Wisconsin and Indiana. 

She started, “God, you are amazing,  we are blessed beyond what we ever could have imagined.  We have great friends, wonderful family, and amazing adventures.  Thank you for letting us experience your world and all the beauty of it. God we are lost though.  We know that you called us to start our business, but we aren’t seeming to be able to make any headway.  We are here to LISTEN to you.”

As soon as we finished praying, the answer hit us like a freight train. GIVE IT TO ME. 

So we did.  We gave it to God.

This takes us to verse 12 in chapter 13, ‘So Manoah asked him, “When your words are fulfilled, what is to be the rule that governs the boy’s life and work?” ‘

Notice Manoah’s words.


He doesn’t say, if, or maybe, or possibly. He says WHEN your words are fulfilled.

There is no doubt in his mind that they will conceive a baby.  He KNOWS that it is going to happen.

We have to TRUST that God has it all under control and that he knows what he’s doing.  He has a plan for us, just like he did with Sampson’s parents.

The last part of chapter 13 that I have to talk about is faith.

When we skip to verse 22 Manoah says, “We are doomed to die”.

He allowed his fear to overrule his faith.  Satin thrives on fear and hopes that we allow it to take control of our lives.

We “wait” to have kids because we are scared that we won’t be able to support them. We wait to start a business or nonprofit because we are scared of failing. We wait to get married because we are scared that this is not the right person.  We don’t change jobs because we are scared that the next one might be worse than where we are right now.

You get the point.  As humans we allow fear to drive.

And that’s why we all need a good “wife” in our lives to help us TRUST GOD. Just as Manoah’s did. 

She told him, if the Lord had intended to kill us, why didn’t he do it already? He would not have accepted burnt offerings or came back to tell how to raise his child.

Just like Jenna did for me.  She guided us to pray and then stood strong when we gave it all to God. 

Today we have a few little exercises that we want you to join in with us on.

  1. Take a second to evaluate where you are not trusting God fully. It could be work, finances, relationships, children, grandchildren, anything.
  2. Write those down. Somehow when we right things down on paper it makes them “real”
  3. Now, Pray for God’s guidance on how he WANTS you to solve these issues.
  4. Here’s the hard one, LISTEN.  Listen to what God tells you.  It might be through an email, phone call, commercial, social media post, Youtube video, conversation with a friend.  The key is that you have to HEAR what he was to say.
  5. This one is even harder than the last one, Take ACTION.  We don’t only need to listen to God, we need to do what he says.  If he says stop drinking alcohol, then STOP.  If he says, ask her to marry you get down on one knee and do it.  If he says give your business to me, then by all means do it.  Step down as owner and give it to God!

I know that there are some people right now that are saying, this is amazing, but I CAN’T hear God.  How do I listen to him? 

You can start by praying for God to open your eyes and ears to hear him.  Then you need to pay close attention to how he is speaking to you, I promise that he is.  We just have to figure out how to understand what he’s saying.


God, you are amazing, you give us so much more than we deserve.  We know that you have our best interests in your heart all the time.  Lord today we pray that you help us to give you anything and everything. Not only give it to you but to also trust that you have it under control.  We pray that you help us to TRUST your wisdom and what you tell us.  God there is one more thing, HELP is to hear you.  Not only hear you but listen to you when you speak to us.  We know that you speak to us all differently. For some of us it feels that you have a out right conversation, like you are sitting next to us in the cab of the truck, for others it might be through the radio and songs that you play, for others it might be through a significant person in our lives, and for others it may be completely different.  We don’t care how you speak to us, just help us to listen to you.  Help us to close our mouth, shut our mind off, and really listen to what you tell us.  God the last thing is that we pray you help us take ACTION and not have fear for what you tell us.  If you tell us to give money to an organization, let us listen.  If you tell us to join forces with someone, help us to take the first step.  We know that the first step is always the hardest. So please give us that little push to help get our feet wet with the first action. God thank you for everything. God, we ask all of this in your precious son’s name.


Will you pray with us?

Mankind throughout the world throughout our current situation

All Law enforcement and emergency response personnel

For all military personal serving our country and their families

Those in Leadership positions throughout the world


Lord, today we come to you with HAPPY hearts.  We are so grateful that you give us the opportunity to change the lives of those around us.  We are grateful that you give us the wisdom to change our lives and the lives of those around us.  And you make it so simple. We can do it with a single smile. God today I would ask that you help us to smile more. The next time we see someone down, help us to smile for them. The next time we are down, help us to remember that you gave us the best gift ever. The ability to know you, your son, and the holy spirit. God, we are so grateful for everything you give us.

We ask all these things in your Precious Son's Name


A Little More

 The other day I got a call from one of our clients.

I love talking to our clients so I always smile when I answer the phone.

“Hey Dan, one of my drivers is pulled over and they are saying that our permit doesn’t cover what we weigh. Isn’t that why we hire your team to make sure that these things don’t happen!”

My smile immediately vanished.

I was shocked because my team is amazing. and it’s not like them to miss something like 20,000 lbs on a permit.

So, I asked him, “Who have you been working with, and who was the one who called our team to get the permit?” 

To get to the bottom of the problem I needed the details.

They gave me the details.

My next call was to my team. Then after I got the details I got them started on getting new permits to get the problem fixed. I’m a solutions guy, not an excuses guy.

But I NEED to know the real reason why it happened so that we can fix the issue.

My next call was to the driver so that I could see exactly what happened.

I knew he was going to be upset. He was pulled over and they were going to give him a HUGE ticket. I wouldn’t be happy either.


I made sure not to smile when I made the call.  I had a serious look on my face. As we chatted I learned that he was the person who gave his weight to our team. I asked where he got the weights from and how in the world they were off by over 20K lbs!

That’s when he told me that he might have gotten the wrong scale ticket from the weigh station where he originally weighed.

Immediately my heart leapt with joy, this is NOT our fault!

Now to get the problem resolved and get this driver back on the road was my only goal.  I was not going to assign blame or make anyone feel bad. 

Hey, we all make mistakes. I do it multiple times every single day.

The owner of the company shot me a text. I'm getting permits from the big guys. They won’t make these mistakes that cost me time and $$$$$.

No problem.  Let me know if you need anything. We are here to help.


After they called the “BIG Guys” they called me about 30 minutes later.

Hey, we can’t get an Idaho permit until Monday. It’s Friday night. And we need to drop this load off tomorrow afternoon.

I told him that I would NOT make any promises.

But my team went to work!

Guess what????

We got the permits that the “BIG Guys” couldn’t get.

My team had the Idaho permit in less than 20 minutes. For the right weight this time.

Here’s the point of all this.

When things don’t go right, smile. I have taught my whole team this.

That right there is how we got the permits. They smiled as they worked and it didn’t take any time at all.

Ok, there might be a little knowledge that went into this too. Lol

Next time you need anything DOT, don’t call the “Big Guys” , call the team who can get it done!

Dan Greer