Friday, January 06, 2006


The Remnant-Hannah

Hannah’s faith is seen in 1 Samuel 2: “…for there is none beside Thee: neither is there any Rock like our God,” she prays. Do you think Hannah got caught up in the relativism of her day? All gods, all religions are on equal standing…she was praying to some generic god of all peoples…just “god” like the god on our money, right? Have you heard the argument? “In god we trust” only refers to a deity of your choosing. Surely we can all agree that is fair! In other words, any god is better than NO GOD? I am certain Hannah knew who God IS. She was not confused. “There is none beside Thee.” How else could we explain her action? As a mother, it is gut wrenching to realize this supernatural surrender of a firstborn son, longed for, prayed for, Hannah’s heart’s desire. I have offered my sons to God—but for Hannah, it would mean a physical rending apart. I have hoped and prayed my offering would not be answered in such devastation. There are stories, true stories, of Christian parents suffering the loss of their precious children and having peace by the grace of God. I can’t even express my response to that in word processing. Hannah’s obedience isn’t as horrific as Abraham and Isaac on Mount Moriah, yet piercing is this true story from history. This child, Samuel, born in faith, raised in knowledge, years later prays for a miracle, “Now therefore stand and see this great thing which the Lord will do before you eyes.” (1 Samuel 12:16) He becomes a prophet and prayer warrior, drawing his people back to the One God of their fathers.

“God forbid that I should sin in ceasing to pray for you: but I will teach you the good and the right way: Only fear the Lord, and serve Him in truth with all your heart: for consider how great things He hath done for you.”
~1 Samuel 12:23-24

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