Wednesday, April 20, 2016

God Knows Our Story, From Beginning To End

You do not realize it now what I am doing, but later you will understand.   
John 13:7 NKJV

Her name means “Grace”. And she was barren. Her home was a place of trial. She was constantly being belittled and taunted by others in her own home. She was misunderstood by both her husband and the high priest. Her hope was disappointed.  

Hannah was the first wife to Elkanah. She was unable to bear him children so he married a second wife, Peninnah, who was able to bare many children. This caused deep pain and heartache for Hannah. Peninnah constantly tortured Hannah by  reminding her of her bareness and making her feel less inferior  because she was unable to bear a child.

Despite the trials and hardship, Hannah held firm to the promises of God.  She never gave up and when the time was right ,God laid it upon her heart to go to the temple to pray for a sonHannah held nothing back in her prayer. She poured her heart out before the Lord. She knew she could trust him with her deepest desires.

She was in bitterness of soul, and prayed to the Lord and wept in anguish. 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.”  (1 Samuel 1:10-11,NKJV )

God granted her this prayer and she gave birth to a son and named him Samuel. Hannah kept her promises to God and when he was weaned she gave him back to God to serve the Lord in the temple under the high priest Eli.

"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, NKJV)


How did Hannah come to have such faith? How was she able to fulfill her vow to the Lord, to be able to give her much loved and prayed for first born son, to his service?  Why did it take so long for God to open her womb and allow her to conceive a child?

While it seemed like years went by that God was silent to Hannah’s prayer, we can see now how God was using this time in preparation.  He was preparing Hannah’s heart through trials and heartache; to find comfort and trust in him.  God knew what it would take for her to become strong in her faith and fully trust in him.  She needed to know who God was and who she was in him so that when the time came, she would be obedient in giving her son back to him.

“Her tears were ordained to be part of the glorious story of what God was doing in Israel’s history. In Hannah’s life we see that God knows our story from beginning to end, that everything has a purpose and that trust in him is never misplaced”.  
*Chuck Swindoll- Insight for living 

Samuel's birth, while to Hannah seemed delayed, was planned for a specific time to fulfill a specific destiny. 

What is God asking you to endure? Although we may not see it now, we are promised that if we allow him to work in our lives, he will give us strength to endure. He will give us hope for our 
children's future. God will use our heartache and our pain will not be wasted. Hold tight, stand firm, don’t give up. He has not forgotten us or our children! In his perfect sovereignty, his timing is always perfect and for his glory!

Yet I am confident I will see the Lords goodness while I am here in the land of the living. Wait patiently for the Lord. Be brave and courageous. Yes, wait patiently for the Lord.  (Psalms 27:13-14, NLT)


Dear Heavenly father,

I pray that we will seek your strength and give us unwavering faith to hold on even when it seems to be no end to our trials.  I pray that in your time, you will allow us to look back on these difficulties and see how you were there all the time, and how you were weaving it all together for your Glory and our good!  

In Jesus name I pray,

Amen

*Chuck Swindoll- Senior Pastor Stonebriar community Church and founder of Insight for Living

4 comments:

  1. Chuck H (sentry1939@gmail.com)April 20, 2016 at 10:53 AM

    Well done. A word of encouragement to all.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thank you chuck... aka ... dad ! Thank you for all your love and encouragement!

      Delete
  2. I really needed this right now. Thank you so much. God bless you.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Denise, thank you. Praying God will touch your heart today. He IS in control no matter how out of control things may seem at times.

      Delete