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Friday, January 13, 2017

Everything

Hannah’s story is a powerful one.  She trusted God when she could not have a child.  Yes, she cried out to The LORD in anguish because she so desperately wanted a child.  Remember, though, that she cried out to The LORD.  She did not fight The LORD.  She did not walk away from The LORD.  She did not try to get others to walk away from The LORD.  She went to The LORD with her deepest heart’s desire.  Then, she trusted The LORD.

Later, when The LORD gave her a son, she raised the boy until he could be weaned.  She held to her commitment to The LORD.  She named the boy to remind herself, “I asked the LORD for him.”  She did not cut Samuel’s hair.  She did not let him have any wine (or grape juice).  She held to the Nazarite vow she had made for him.  And, when the time came, she took her son – her only son – and presented him to The LORD at the tabernacle.  She entrusted her child to The LORD.

Hannah trusted The LORD with everything.  What makes me say that?  Look at her prayer after taking Samuel to the tabernacle to be raised by the priests:

Then Hannah prayed: "My heart rejoices in the LORD! The LORD has made me strong. Now I have an answer for my enemies; I rejoice because You rescued me. No one is holy like the LORD! There is no one besides You; there is no Rock like our God. "Stop acting so proud and haughty! Don't speak with such arrogance! For the LORD is a God who knows what You have done; He will judge your actions. The bow of the mighty is now broken, and those who stumbled are now strong. Those who were well fed are now starving, and those who were starving are now full. The childless woman now has seven children, and the woman with many children wastes away. The LORD gives both death and life; He brings some down to the grave but raises others up. The LORD makes some poor and others rich; He brings some down and lifts others up. He lifts the poor from the dust and the needy from the garbage dump. He sets them among princes, placing them in seats of honor. For all the earth is the LORD's, and He has set the world in order. "He will protect His faithful ones, but the wicked will disappear in darkness. No one will succeed by strength alone. Those who fight against the LORD will be shattered. He thunders against them from heaven; the LORD judges throughout the earth..." (1 Samuel 2:1-10a NLT)

How about you?  Do you trust The LORD with everything?