BIBLE READING: I Samuel 1
“And she was in bitterness of soul, and prayed unto the Lord, and wept sore. And she vowed a vow, and said, O Lord of hosts, if thou wilt indeed look on the affliction of thine handmaid, and remember me, and not forget thine handmaid, but wilt give unto thine handmaid a man child, then I will give him unto the Lord all the days of his life, and there shall no razor come upon his head.” I Samuel 1:10-11
I remember as a child getting to go to Carowinds with my family. During that week all I wanted to do was go ride rollercoasters! Time just seemed to move so slow. I just remember being so impatient. We all have had something in our life we could not wait for it to come. Maybe it is going somewhere, or not being quarantined, or waiting for an event to come. It seems in that time we are anticipating it so much it can challenge our patience. Even more, there might be something you are praying for and God may have you to wait for His timing. Whether it is a burden, decision, or waiting for something to happen if it does not happen in our timing or way, we can become impatient. Here in our passage Hannah has waited for a long time to have a child. She is burdened as she watches others have children and she cannot. Finally, she come to the Lord with a burdened heart and vows a vow to God. After Eli the priest realizes what is happening, he reveals that God will give her a child according to her vow in giving her child back to God in His service. She comes to a point that she cannot really do anything else but trust the Lord with the situation. Her seriousness and commitment are shown with her vow, as she literally is going to give her child back to God. What is neat to see is she is relieved and no longer burdened or sad after she commits to the Lord. Many times, we can come up with excuses and reasons why something should be in our timing or way, but simply God wants us to trust and commit it to Him. Commitment is showing agreement and support both outwardly and inwardly. We know God cannot be fooled, and he wants full control so He can receive the glory and praise. If we fret and worry over timing and details, it tends cause more pressure to our burden. When God already has your situation planned and worked out. Let us be sure to hand our worries to Him today!
David Fulp II