19 Early the next morning they arose and worshiped before the Lord and then went back to their home at Ramah. Elkanah made love to his wife Hannah, and the Lord remembered her. 20 So in the course of time Hannah became pregnant and gave birth to a son. She named him Samuel, saying, “Because I asked the Lord for him.” 21 When her husband Elkanah went up with all his family to offer the annual sacrifice to the Lord and to fulfill his vow, 22 Hannah did not go. She said to her husband, “After the boy is weaned, I will take him and present him before the Lord, and he will live there always.” 23 “Do what seems best to you,” her husband Elkanah told her. “Stay here until you have weaned him; only may the Lord make good his word.” So the woman stayed at home and nursed her son until she had weaned him. 24 After he was weaned, she took the boy with her, young as he was, along with a three-year-old bull, an ephah of flour and a skin of wine, and brought him to the house of the Lord at Shiloh. 25 When the bull had been sacrificed, they brought the boy to Eli, 26 and she said to him, “Pardon me, my lord. As surely as you live, I am the woman who stood here beside you praying to the Lord. 27 I prayed for this child, and the Lord has granted me what I asked of him. 28 So now I give him to the Lord. For his whole life he will be given over to the Lord.” And he worshiped the Lord there. (1 Samuel 1:19-28)
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Then Hannah prayed and said: “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. 2 “There is no one holy like the Lord; there is no one besides you; there is no Rock like our God.”
1 SAMUEL 2:1-2 ESV
Hannah had painted such a beautiful picture with her faith! In a time of sorrow and anguish, she turned to God, bringing her bitterness and pain. Then, in a time of joy and celebration, she joyfully returned to God, steadfastly offering the blessing she received from Him – the son whom she earnestly prayed for and the child who God graciously granted as an answer to her prayer. She could do this because she had found the source of her joy – that is in God alone.
All blessings and gifts are from God
She named him Samuel, saying, “Because I asked the Lord for him.1 SAMUEL 1:20
Hannah named her son Samuel because she asked God for him. She knew how much she had to go through to receive this son. She did pray to God day and night for him to come. But she also knew better this son was a gift from God. It was because He gave. Hannah did not forget where this blessing had come from in her joy. As it is written in the book of James – Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights. May we also not lose sight of this. We might think we are the ones who worked hard to earn what we possess, but really, it was God who gave graciously and generously. Praise the Lord for His gifts today!
Offer the blessing received from God
She said to her husband, “After the boy is weaned, I will take him and present him before the Lord, and he will live there always.1 SAMUEL 1:22
I prayed for this child, and the Lord has granted me what I asked of him. So now I give him to the Lord. For his whole life he will be given over to the Lord.” And he worshiped the Lord there.1 SAMUEL 1:27-28
I used to wonder what Hannah was thinking. She grieved and suffered so much for being childless. She prayed hard for this son to come. And when God granted her the son she asked for, she unwaveringly gave him away. Samuel was so young. Any mother would agree on how incredibly heart-wrenching it is to part from her child. Nonetheless, Hannah and Elkanah brought little Samuel, not reluctantly but gratefully. They offered sacrifices, and they presented Samuel to Eli, reminding him of the vow Hannah made there years ago. Besides being faithful to fulfill her commitment with God, I believe Hannah also trusted that God’s purpose for her child was far greater than hers. After all, she was not giving him away to any random hands. She was surrendering him onto the almighty and the loving hands of God. And we all know the story of Samuel and the significance he played in God’s plan. It is beautiful to offer and surrender the blessing we received from God to honor Him and in return for His goodness. He has blessed us with many gifts – our time, health, family, career, and much more. Are you willing to offer your most precious and valuable gift to Him?
Rejoice in the Lord
Then Hannah prayed and said: “My heart rejoices in the Lord”1 SAMUEL 2:1
Hannah found her source of joy. It was not from the husband who loved her, not the son she desired for and God granted, but in the Lord alone. We see God’s bountiful grace and faithfulness from Hannah’s story once again. We can go to him in bad times and in good. Everything in this world is ever-changing, but God is the same yesterday, today, and forever. He is the rock and foundation of our joy and hope. His gifts are great, but He alone is GREATER!