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Manoah's wife; Hannah - Day 5

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    DAY FIVE

    1. Read 1 Samuel 1:21-28. Was Hannah true to her word regarding her son, Samuel?

      Hannah was able to enjoy baby Samuel for at least three years. Elkanah told Hannah during this three year period, "Remain until you have weaned him: ONLY (emphasis added) may the LORD confirm HIS WORD." (1 Sam. 1:23) Elkanah was obedient in his surrender, but he wanted Hannah to be sure of this immense sacrificial commitment. After Samuel was weaned, Hannah and Elkanah traveled together to Shiloh to dedicate their beloved son to the LORD. They took offerings of joyful sacrifice to the LORD, along with their precious son. There Hannah gave their gifted child, Samuel, to Eli, the priest. She described to Eli the joyful answer to her prayer. "For this boy I prayed and the LORD has given me my petition which I asked of Him. So I have also dedicated him to the LORD. As long as he lives, he is dedicated to the LORD." (1 Sam. 1:27-28)

    2. This sacrificial gift to God was full of emotion but given freely from the heart. How can you begin today to sacrificially let go of someone close to you, giving them into God's loving care?

    3. Read 1 Samuel 2:1-11. Mark references to the mighty working of God and record those words that tell us something about God. (For example: The Lord is exalted; Salvation is from the LORD; Holy LORD; the only one, etc.) ENJOY!

    LESSONS AND APPLICATIONS

    1. God is awesome! How is God visible in your life today? Take time to meditate on Him.

    2. God blesses His children abundantly. How is God's blessing being poured out on you right now?


    CONCLUSION

    God is always listening to us. He is all-knowing, compassionate, merciful, loving, and faithful. We have looked into the hearts of two exciting Women of Faith this week. God spoke to each of these women in unique ways. The conversation He used was tailored to the heart of each individual. God's knowledge of us is so perfect and complete that He knows how to get our attention and how to move us in the process of obedience.

    Manoah's wife was faithful to God in keeping herself pure for the son God gave her out of her barrenness. She raised her son in a worthy manner, and God was pleased. Hannah was led to call upon the LORD in her barrenness. Out of her "great sorrow" she gave her life and that of her child to God for His service (through faith, because he had not yet been conceived). God honored her prayer and blessed her in full measure.

    Over and over again, the LORD points us to prayer as the means of relating to Him. The conversations we have with the Father are directly related to the blessings we receive from Him. It is God's nature to graciously bestow blessings on us. These women desired to be faithful to their call and vow. They experienced His grace in allowing them to be part of His divine plan. They are examples of how God works in the lives of His children.

    God desires fellowship with His children. Relationship building is extremely essential to God. He is always ready to help us in adversity, famine, barrenness, prosperity, fruitlessness, and fruitfulness. He wants us to seek Him while He may be found. He desires for us to delight in Him and to thank Him. While He tarries and we wait expectantly for His return, we need to be diligent in prayer, fellowship, and Bible study. Then when He comes we will recognize Him as our FATHER, FRIEND, SAVIOR, KING, and LORD GOD ALMIGHTY!

    BLESSED BE THE NAME OF THE LORD. AMEN, COME LORD JESUS!

     

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