Bible Text: 1 Samuel 1
Hannah went, together with her husband and rival, to Shiloh every year to make sacrifice to the Lord. Each year her prayer request remained same- Lord open my womb so I can bear a child of my own. There was never a time that Hannah missed this yearly ritual with her family. Peninnah, her rival made fun of her because she was barren. Hannah still looked to God for a miracle baby.
Perhaps Hannah felt unfulfilled for not having children. Sometimes, we also go through similar situations when we have prayed over a particular thing for so long. But thanks be to God that Hannah had her story changed. The Lord heard her prayers and answered it accordingly. What different thing did Hannah do this time? Her heart was grieved. That year, Hannah came to Shiloh with a purpose, she had a target set and planned on how to achieve it. Many a time, our minds are clouded with darkness, and there seems to be no light at the end of the tunnel but our God is always faithful. As the answer tarries, God equips us by enabling us to develop the virtue of patience to wait on Him. It is the goodness of the Lord that works in us both to will and to do of His good pleasure.
Sometimes, our friends and family fail to encourage us to stand firm in the Lord. Peninnah mocked Hannah for her childlessness yet she did not give up. She kept the faith, prayed her heart out to God. We must not give up in the pursuit of academic excellence, in the strife to become spiritual, in our quest for finacial independence. Like Hannah, let’s go up to the House of the Lord. Let’s talk to Him from the deepest part of our heart. (1 Samuel 1:9)
When we fix our eyes on Christ alone, we become oblivious of what is happening around us. Never lose focus and press toward the goal. Hannah had gone to Shiloh to pour her heart out to God and return with an answered prayer. She kept that in mind and pressed on to achieve that. This may also be the moment when God shall send the answer to your prayer. In 1 Sam 1: 17, Eli said to Hannah “Go in peace, and the God of Israel grant your petition which you have asked of Him.” Now hear the voice of Jesus, the High priest saying unto you, (insert your name) “Go in perfect peace, and my father, the God of Israel grant your petition which you have asked of Him.”
The Christian life can be likened to running a marathon but this time, unlike a marathon which is competitive, the goal is to finish and not to break a record. The record has been set by Jesus Christ, the Pioneer and perfecter of our faith. As you press on, the journey will not be smooth but always remember that many are the afflictions of the righteous, but the Lord delivers him out of them all. [Psalm 34:19].
In our quest to attain excellence in every facet of our lives, faith is that ingredient we cannot leave behind. As we diligently press on, God will reward us by making us scale the utmost height.
- Pray for steadfast faith in the Lord and ask God to give you strength to let go of pleasurable sin. Tell Him to let your will be submerged in His perfect will for your life. (Heb 11:6)
- Ask for the infilling of the Holy Spirit to bear good fruits like endurance. (Gal 5:22-25)
- Pray for GNAAS and its leadership.
- Any other request from the fellowship