Hanna, A Woman of Faith

Samuel well represented the values his family stood for and the desire his mom had for him to serve the Lord. God had a purpose for Samuel which was accomplished in his life time. Much prayer went up for him in agreement with God’s will for his life; even before he had any knowledge of the Word of God,

He called him for a specific and difficult task. “Here I am, speak Lord” was his reply to the Lord, and that submission lasted all through his life of service to the Lord. He was so desired by his mother, who, for not having children at that time, suffered much from her husband’s other wife. God however, heard her cry and blessed her with a righteous son. In contrast with millions of babies who have been sacrificed in the altar of pleasure, Samuel enjoyed his mother’s love and dedication. There was a relationship from mother to son even if once a year, since Samuel was given to the Lord. Hanna’s only son, she physically gave Him to serve the Lord in the temple with Eli, the priest of those days. We can never over give to the Lord; His blessings are abundantly available to those who are faithful to Him as it was for Hanna. God blessed her with three sons and two daughters; Hanna lived a fulfilled life as a result. Our children must be given to the Lord for His purpose to be fulfilled in their lives. Samuel stayed the course serving the Lord because prayers went up for him.

Samuel, the Bible says, ministered before the Lord, a child girded with linen ephod; moreover his mother made him a little robe and brought it to him from year to year when she came up with her husband to offer the yearly sacrifice (I Sam.2:18-19).  Hanna, a woman of prayer and faith, was blessed with a son who radiated her love for him and faithfulness to God. He was the fruit of her spiritual travail and God was pleased to bless her. She was a virtuous woman we read in Proverbs 31. Her husband loved and appreciated her and was partial to her. Her prayer to the Lord for a son was touchy and sincere without a hint of selfishness. She prayed, O Lord of hosts, if You will indeed look on the affliction of Your handmaid and remember and not forget Your handmaid but will give me a son, I will give him to the Lord all his life; no razor shall touch his head (I Sam. 1:11). Accused by the priest of being drunk when in her earnest prayer, she reply, NO my lord, I am a woman of a sorrowful spirit. I have drunk neither wine nor strong drink, but I was pouring out my soul before the Lord (I Sam. 1:15). When God answered her prayer, she was sure to do what she promised Him. When she had weaned Samuel, she took him with her, with a three-year-old bull, and ephah of flour, and a skin bottle of wine, and brought Samuel to the Lord’s house in Shiloh (I Sam. 1:24). And Samuel served the Lord from that time on, at a very young age to his death at the age of 110 years old. He was a prophet who played an important role in the transition of Israel’s judges to the institution of a kingdom.  Would you have liked to have a son like Samuel?  All because a praying mother.

THINK ABOUT IT!

Author: Jacinta da Cruz Rodgers

I have been committed to teaching the truth of the Word of God beginning with Trans World Radio on Bonaire, N.A and Swaziland, Africa (1969-1980), then through churches in the United States in both English and Portuguese and then through ministry in Israel (2005-2006). This ministry continues through local Bible studies and outreach to the world via the internet. I have written a book about my life from that of an orphan in Brazil to missionary in 5 countries. You can find out more on the "Book" page of our blog site.

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