Posted by: trbccoffeebreak | August 16, 2016

No Longer Barren

aug 16“The Lord continued to appear at Shiloh, and there he revealed himself to Samuel through his word.” 1 Samuel 3:21 (NIV)

The prophet Samuel was well respected by all who knew him, was recognized as God-appointed and God heard his prayers. If you know anything about Samuel, he was used mightily by the Lord. In fact, he was the prophet who anointed King David to the throne.

Samuel’s mother, Hannah, a barren woman, prayed before the Lord that she would bear her husband, Elkanah, a son (1 Samuel 1).  God heard her prayer and the temple keeper, Eli the priest, blessed her in His name.

So, Hannah poured her heart out before the God of Angel Armies.  She told Him that if she did bear a son, she would dedicate him to the Lord for all his life, right after the lactation period. Wait a minute! Did I mean to say that this mother was so desperate to have a child that she promised to dedicate her son to the Lord for all his life. Yes, I did! This is exactly what Hannah did. Turning her child over to the Lord was a symbol of her gratitude for honoring her request to conceive. Now, we all know that children do not nurse forever. So Samuel’s mama was willing to give up a lifetime with him and would be content with keeping him for just a brief time, in order to allow the Lord Almighty to use her son for His glory.

The Lord indeed heard Hannah, and Hannah fulfilled her part of the bargain. When Samuel was weaned, she took him to Eli the priest at the temple and dedicated him unreservedly to the Lord.

The boy was brought up in a holy life, learning Scripture and working at the temple. He began praying very early on. And the communication between Samuel and the Lord was not unilateral, as the Lord began speaking to him very early on as well.

A God who hears us. A God who acts when we pray. A God who speaks to us. A God who loves us. A God who delights Himself in us. A God who will not withhold blessings from us when we place our all before His altar. This is our God.

“God of Angel Armies, thank You for hearing us and for blessings us.”

For His Glory

Luska Suzano
TRBC Women’s Life

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