Sunday, May 14, 2017

Mothers of the Bible: Part Three

Today is Mother's Day, the perfect day to finish our Mothers of the Bible series.

One of my most favorite mothers of the Bible is precious Hannah.  In 1 Samuel we read about her heavy heart.  Many ladies out there can relate to Hannah's story.  Her heart was heavy because she wanted a child, but it just didn't seem like God was ever going to give her a baby.  Her husband, Elkanah, knew she was hurting.  He asked, “Hannah, why do you weep? Why do you not eat? And why is your heart grieved? Am I not better to you than ten sons?”  She so desperately wanted a child that she had reached the point where her heart was grieving.

Has your heart ever grieved to the point where you prayed to the Lord as you wept in anguish?  In verse 10 we read that Hannah had made it to that point.  

Then Hannah took it to the next step.  She made a vow to God in verse 11.

Then she made a vow and said, “O Lord of hosts, if You will indeed look on the affliction of Your maidservant and remember me, and not forget Your maidservant, but will give Your maidservant a male child, then I will give him to the Lord all the days of his life, and no razor shall come upon his head.”
She prayed fervently and told Eli, the priest, what she had asked God for.  Eli then responded in verse 17, "Go in peace, and the God of Isreal grant your petition which you have asked of Him."  At this point, a peace came over Hannah.

Prior to this, Hannah was so upset, so anguished in her grieving heart, that it stated she couldn't eat.  But after Eli assured her that God was going to grant her request, she had a peace and was able to go eat. She finally got her appetite back and her face even changed.  It stated she was no longer sad, because she believed!

When we have peace, we look different.  We feel different.  When we are no longer sad, our face looks different.  Hannah was changed!  Hannah believed God had heard her cries and was going to grant her prayer!

As hard as it must have been for Hannah to keep her promise to the Lord, she did obey completely.  The Lord blessed her with Samuel, whom she kept until he was weaned.  At that point, she took him to the house of the Lord and left him to stay with Eli.  She was giving her son, the one she so desperately prayed for, back to the Lord.

For this child I prayed, and the Lord has granted me my petition which I asked of Him.  Therefore I also have lent him to the Lord; as long as he lives he shall be lent to the Lord. - 1 Samuel 1:27,28
Through Hannah's obedience, she was blessed with even more children, and Samuel was used for the mighty work of the Lord.   Truly a wonderful success story of a Woman of God being obedient to the Lord and having faith that God had indeed heard her prayers.

Is there something your heart is grieving for today?  Have you cried out to God in anguish over your need?  Rest assured He has heard your cries.  Go in peace, like Hannah, believing He will answer.

In case you missed the first two parts of the series,
Mothers of the Bible: Part One
Mothers of the Bible: Part Two

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