Good morning! Let’s read 1 Samuel 1:9-28, 1 Samuel 2, 1 Samuel 3, and 1 Samuel 4:1-11. Come on back and let’s visit a little bit. Really, the most important thing is that you visit with the Lord today!
I’m thinking about Samuel’s parents this morning – they gave Samuel a godly heritage, and that is such a gift. What a bittersweet joy for Hannah – to leave Samuel at the tabernacle.
“Elkanah said to his wife, ‘Do what you think is best. Stay home until you have weaned him. Yes! Let God complete what he has begun!’ So she did. She stayed home and nursed her son until she had weaned him. Then she took him up to Shiloh, bringing also the makings of a generous sacrificial meal—a prize bull, flour, and wine. The child was so young to be sent off! They first butchered the bull, then brought the child to Eli. Hannah said, ‘Excuse me, sir. Would you believe that I’m the very woman who was standing before you at this very spot, praying to God? I prayed for this child, and God gave me what I asked for. And now I have dedicated him to God. He’s dedicated to God for life.’
Then and there, they worshiped God.” (1 Samuel 1:23-26 MSG)
Joy over God’s faithfulness and sorrow over leaving her son. Then and there, in the midst of human emotion, confident that they were being obedient, they worshipped God. The Lord knows our hearts – even when a matter of obedience is difficult for us, God is true. He always honors an act of faith!
“Nothing and no one is holy like God,
no rock mountain like our God.
Don’t dare talk pretentiously—
not a word of boasting, ever!
For God knows what’s going on.
He takes the measure of everything that happens” (1 Samuel 2: 2-3 MSG)