1 Samuel 1:20-2:11, 2:18-21
Hannah had prayed for Samuel. He was her first and, at the time, only son. But when she prayed for Samuel she made a promise to God. She promised that her son would serve the Lord his whole life.
When it came time to make the annual trip to Shiloh, Hannah told her husband, Elkanah, that she wouldn’t go until Samuel was old enough to stay and serve at the tabernacle and they would leave him then. So how old do you think he was when they took him to stay? 15? 10? No, probably closer to 3. Old enough to be potty trained and dress himself! Hannah only had 2 or 3 years with Samuel! But she had promise and, since God had been faithful to answer her prayer, she had to be faithful and keep her promise. They took an extra-large sacrifice and gave Samuel to the priest, Eli, so he could serve and work for God.
Hannah then only saw Samuel once a year when they made their annual pilgrimage. She always made him a cloak to wear for the next year.
So what do you think she did when she left him? Whine? Complain? NOPE!! Chapter 2, verses 1 to 10 record the prayer she prayed. She praised God for His gift and His goodness! And eventually God blessed her with 3 more sons and 2 daughters.
Would you respond like Hannah? We should! God answered her prayer so she should praise Him. We should praise Him no matter what (because He is so good to us) but especially when He answers our prayers! Hannah focused on the good God gave her and didn’t whine about the hard stuff. And, because of her faithfulness, God blessed her with more children, the desire of her heart!
What do you focus on when something hard happens? Do you look for something to praise God about? Think about something difficult in your life now and figure out something you can praise God about!