When We Keep Our Promises

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1 Samuel 2: 1-10 (Hannah’s Prayer)

Then Hannah prayed and said:
V. 2: “My heart rejoices in the Lord;
in the Lord my horn is lifted high.
My mouth boasts over my enemies,
for I delight in your deliverance”
A little background: Hannah could not have children and back in the day if a married woman could not have kids, it was culturally shameful. However if you read about Hannah you’ll see that she didn’t just want children to comply with culture, she really wanted to be a mother. She prayed and begged God crying out to him for a child and even promised that she would give her child to God to be used for His purposes.
Hannah wholeheartedly prayed and God heard her prayer and he was merciful to her. God decided to use her to be the mother of someone who would eventually be used to deliver God’s people (Samuel).
What inspires me most is her first few words to God. “My heart rejoices in the Lord, in the Lord my {Horn} is lifted high”. The horn (of an animal) symbolizes an animal’s strength and power and can symbolize a human’s victory. But Hannah credits that strength all to her God. You see, Hannah said this prayer right after giving Samuel to God.
She gave her only son Samuel to the priest Eli so that Samuel could grow up in training to be a priest himself. She was only able to see him once a year and even with that she was content.
Let’s think about this for a moment.
Whether you’re a mother or can put your selves in the shoes of a mother (or even a father), try to imagine how you would feel if you gave your son to be raised by someone else. How would you feel? What would you be thinking?
I don’t know if Hannah was tempted to take her promise back after giving birth to Samuel, but it may very have been possible. If you read the last part of the verse, she says she delights in her deliverance (of her enemies) and so this may very well mean that she did have to struggle with that temptation.
Yet no matter what temptation she may have gone through she did exactly what she promised to do and not only did she do it, but she did it while thanking and praising God! Let’s ask ourselves this question: if you decided to give your life to God (whether recently over many years ago), have you been tempted to take your life back?
You promised to make Jesus Lord of your life. Of your WHOLE life. Yes, that means anything that is precious to you (career, relationship(s), your children, and fill in the blank). What area has been hard to continue to give to God and to put Him first above All the rest?
V.3: “There is no one holy like the Lord,
There is no one besides you;
There is no rock like our God”.
This is one of my favorite verses! Think about it “there is no one besides you”. Wow! I’m a married woman now and have been married for a little over 10 months. I’m happily married to the most amazing man I’ve ever met-in so many ways he is absolutely perfect for me! He’s giving, supportive, loving, passionate, intelligent, and he’s my best friend! Yet, I would never be able to say what Hannah says about God to him.
Even though he’s one of a kind and loves God tremendously, he’s only human and he’s certainly not God. My God is the ULTIMATE one of a kind. He’s truly my rock. In my tough times, I go to HIM first in prayer because I get my strength from Him and his spirit.
Hannah’s prayer goes on and the rest of it cannot be ignored. It’s encouraging and challenging at the same time. If you’ve never read the rest, I encourage you to read it. Read it two, three, or four times if needed. Take it in. Ask yourself: is this how I view God?
To God Be the Glory Always!

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