Today’s Scripture: 1 Samuel 1:13-18, 1 Samuel 2:1-11, Romans 12:17
Hannah is to be commended for her response to Eli. She could have retaliated and called him a gluttonous, overweight poor excuse of a father and priest. Who would blame her if she did? Instead, she held her tongue.
When we become the target of false accusations, we may be tempted to lash out from our hurt. Exchanging wound for wound accomplishes nothing. Paul said, “Do not repay anyone evil for evil. Be careful to do what is right in the eyes of everybody. If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone”
Hannah even kept the promise to give her first child back to God. Although she released Samuel into the hands of an incompetent priest who had failed as a father, the Lord never took His eyes off the boy—or Hannah. In the end, God blessed her with seven children—six more than what she had requested (see 1 Sam. 2:5).
Hannah’s prayer recorded in 1 Samuel 2 is a powerful testimony of the deep Godly trust she had acquired through her unfortunate circumstances. She had silently endured the scorn of barrenness and the false accusation of the priest. The Lord rewarded her by raising up her first-born son to become one of the greatest leaders of Israel.
Anything we place in God’s hands flourishes.
- What have you promised to give the Lord that you still haven’t delivered? If you have lost trust in the Lord, how can you regain it?
- How will your relationship with the Lord be different after this week’s quest?
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