1 Samuel 1 is a beautiful picture of God’s grace. Hannah longed for a son and, as verse five states, her womb was closed. She was barren and unable to give birth. And yet, despite the ridicule and provocation of her rivals, Hannah continued to seek and serve the Lord in spite of her “condition”.
May this be a lesson to all of us to persevere in serving the Lord. Hannah’s humble spirit is evident throughout this chapter – in the midst of ridicule, uncertainty, misconception, and no doubt a flurry of other emotions. Galatians 6:9 says, “Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.” Hannah here is a beautiful picture of this biblical truth.
Notice the chapter concludes with her dedicating Samuel, her son, to the Lord. Not only did she persevere in serving the Lord despite her inability to see outcome, but when the Lord did bless her she gave the blessing she received back to the Lord. Serve the Lord in spite of your own inability to see the outcome. Lord, I give myself to you. May I serve as an example to others in my perseverance to seek and serve you in spite of my own short-comings. I dedicate my past, present, and future to you. Amen.
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