Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Hannah's Great Faith

This morning I was reading in Joshua about Hannah, a great woman of faith. Imagine begging the LORD for a child year after year. She had prayed for so long and for so long God had said “not yet Hannah”. She was scorned among the women.

In God’s own time he grants her request. The precious son is born, baby Samuel. What mother would not jump for joy and hold him tight. She probably never wanted to let him go. Though the beginning of the story is amazing there is something else far harder to contemplate.

When she is done weaning the child she gives him over to Eli the priest. She honored her commitment to God Almighty. She was in a covenant relationship with the Father. She was dead serious when she told God she would give back the child. How tough it had to be for her. Word was out that Eli’s sons were rotten to the core. Yet she sent Samuel anyway. How many of us have to send our children places that we KNOW are not good for them? She was so faithful in her commitment. Why?

Why indeed. We can learn a lot about life through Hannah. Below is her prayer. Spend some time slowly reading it. More tomorrow.

1 And Hannah prayed and said, “My heart exults in the Lord; my strength is exalted in the Lord. My mouth derides my enemies, because I rejoice in your salvation. 2 “There is none holy like the Lord; there is none besides you; there is no rock like our God. 3 Talk no more so very proudly, let not arrogance come from your mouth; for the Lord is a God of knowledge, and by him actions are weighed. 4 The bows of the mighty are broken, but the feeble bind on strength. 5 Those who were full have hired themselves out for bread, but those who were hungry have ceased to hunger. The barren has borne seven, but she who has many children is forlorn. 6 The Lord kills and brings to life; he brings down to Sheol and raises up. 7 The Lord makes poor and makes rich; he brings low and he exalts. 8 He raises up the poor from the dust; he lifts the needy from the ash heap to make them sit with princes and inherit a seat of honor. For the pillars of the earth are the Lord’s, and on them he has set the world. 9 “He will guard the feet of his faithful ones, but the wicked shall be cut off in darkness, for not by might shall a man prevail. 10 The adversaries of the Lord shall be broken to pieces; against them he will thunder in heaven. The Lord will judge the ends of the earth; he will give strength to his king and exalt the power of his anointed.”
1 Sam 2:1-10 (ESV)
Tomorrow we will explore more of Hannah's faith. Till then, search your heart and ask God to show you how YOU can be more faithful!

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