July 13-I Will Give

Journey through 1 Samuel

1 Samuel 1.1-20 “I will give him to the LORD”

Focus Verse-1 Samuel 1.11

And she made a vow, saying, “LORD Almighty, if you will only look on your servant’s misery and remember me, and not forget your servant but give her a son, then I will give him to the LORD for all the days of his life, and no razor will ever be used on his head.”

Insight-There are so many things that our hearts long for.  Things we desire so much that we feel empty without them.  For Hannah, it was a son.  What is so profound about her prayer is that she tells God as she prays that if He answers her prayer, she will immediately give back, or entrust her son back to Him.  This seems to give a picture of a sense of something bigger than just wanting a child.  Maybe it was just wanting to know that God heard her and that she could trust Him.  I suppose it’s a way of recognizing who is really the source, the One in control.  So often, when God answers our prayers and gives us something, we turn around and cling to that thing or even take credit for obtaining that.  Hannah on the other hand, determined that if the prayer is answered, the answer belongs to God, not to her.

Active Response-I will entrust myself and my desires and needs to my Provider.   I will recognize that everything I receive is a gift from Him and I will commit to entrusting all of myself to Him.

Father God, Thank you for your complete generosity and for your love that fills me with all things.  Help me to entrust all of myself to you, for your glory.  Amen.