“Why are you crying, Hannah?” Elkanah would ask. “Why aren’t you eating? Why be downhearted just because you have no children? You have me-isn’t that better than having ten sons?” “Hannah was in deep anguish, crying bitterly as she prayed to the Lord. And she made this vow: “O Lord of Heaven’s Armies, if you will look upon my sorrow and answer my prayer and give me a son, then I will give him back to you. He will be yours for his entire lifetime, and as a sign that he has been dedicated to the Lord, his hair will never be cut. When Elekanah slept with Hannah, the Lord remembered her plea, and in due time she gave birth to a son. She named him Samuel, for she said, “I asked the Lord for him. I am the very woman who stood here several years ago praying to the Lord. I asked the Lord to give me this boy, and he has granted my request. Now I am giving him to the Lord, and he will belong to the Lord his whole life.” And they worshiped the Lord there.” 1 Samuel 1-2 NLT
It is refreshing to see Hannah’s vulnerability. In her faithfulness, she was still human. She struggled and shed tears. She cried out to the Lord and he answered her prayer. He rewarded her faithfulness. He gave back to her in abundance.
“Before they returned home, Eli would bless Elkanah and his wife and say, “May the Lord give you other children to take the place of this one she gave to the Lord.” And the Lord blessed Hannah, and she conceived and gave birth to three sons and two daughters. Meanwhile, Samuel grew up in the presence of the Lord.” 1 Samuel 2:20&21 NLT
What am I holding onto that God is asking me to give to him? What is my Samuel? Sometimes it is a daily surrendering to him. He knows I can’t do it alone, so he gave me his Spirit.
“You received the Spirit because you believed the message you heard about Christ. How foolish can you be? After starting new lives in the Spirit, why are you now trying to become perfect by your own human effort? Have you experienced so much for nothing? Surely it was not in vain, was it?” In the same way, “Abraham believed God, and God counted him as righteous because of his faith.” The real children of Abraham, then, are those who put their faith in God.” Galatians 3:6&7 NLT
Dear Father, Thank you for Father for your presence. That you promise to always be with me. Forgive me when I doubt. Thank you for your faithfulness in my life. Thank you for your patience and unfailing love towards me. Help me to live in a posture of surrender to you.
“If I had not confessed the sin in my heart, the Lord would not have listened. But God did listen! He paid attention to my prayer. Praise God, who did not ignore my prayer or withdraw his unfailing love from me.” Psalms 66:18-20 NLT