Wednesday, February 14, 2024

February 14, 2024

Hannah prayed, God gave her the son she asked for, and then she worshipped him with a beautiful prayer. She was so grateful that he answered her, so she paid tribute to the One and only Giver of life. Do we get so wrapped up in the gift that we forget to honor God? I don’t know about you, but when I see my prayers answered, I become overjoyed, especially knowing that it couldn’t have happened without his intervention. Be like Hannah and honor the Giver more than the gift. 

When you read these first couple of chapters of Samuel, you can see God’s plan falling into place. He was going to replace Eli with Samuel. Eli, the priest, was getting old and would soon have to turn over his duties to one of his sons. However, they were not fit to be the high priest because they were evil, stole the sacrifices from the people, and didn’t know or respect God. At his young age, Samuel was already wearing the ephod and ministering before the LORD. 

Eli was visited by a man, probably Jesus, who told him his sons would not replace him, that they would die on the same day, and that he would raise a faithful priest who would honor him. Samuel’s parents visited him yearly during the sacrifices, and Hannah made and brought him a coat each year. Samuel was loved by God and man. It may take time, but God will bring justice for his people, just like he had planned with Eli’s sons. 

And I will raise me up a faithful priest, that shall do according to that which is in mine heart and in my mind: and I will build him a sure house; and he shall walk before mine anointed for ever. 1 Samuel 2:35

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