Wednesday, January 11, 2017

YHWH is King

This world can be cruel.  Hannah learned this the hard way.  She needed to go no further than her own home to experience the cruelty of the world.  Peninnah would regularly taunt Hannah and bring her to tears.

Once after a sacrificial meal at Shiloh, Hannah got up and went to pray. Eli the priest was sitting at his customary place beside the entrance of the Tabernacle. 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..."  (1 Samuel 1:9-11 NLT)

Hannah tries to make a deal with God here.  She makes a promise to God: You give me a son and I will give him back to You.  This promise may seem like an act of desperation and, to a certain extent, it may be.  But her actions later seem to show us something a little bit more than a desperate person.  It shows a faithful person.  It shows a trusting person.  It shows a person who really lives with God as her King.

How about you?  Do you live with God as your King?  Would the people around you say the same thing?  Do they see that God is your King?