Eli answered, “Go in peace, and may the God of Israel grant you what you have asked of him.” She said, “May your servant find favor in your eyes.” Then she went her way and ate something, and her face was no longer downcast. – 1 Samuel 1:17-18
Today, I’m reminded that I should have faith like Hannah. Verses prior to those stated above described that Hannah was praying bitterly and really miserable because she has been longing for a child. Then, Eli blessed her that may God grant her prayer and she walked away with no trace of sadness in her face already.
God loves us and Jesus died on the cross to save us from hell (John 3:16). God will never leave us nor forsake us (Hebrews 13:5). God watches over us while we sleep (Psalm 121:3). God has a good, pleasing and perfect plan (Romans 12:2). God works for the good of those who love Him (Romans 8:28). Nothing is too hard for the Lord (Genesis 18:14).
The Bible tells us countless of promises and we know a lot of these, we have put many in our hearts, we can speak many of these while we sleep.
But really, how much faith do we have? I ask myself this question right now. After knowing all of the promises above and many more, is there still a room for doubt, fear and worry? I ask and challenge myself, knowing all of these, the only thing that I should do is praise, worship and thank the Lord.
It will not always happen, there will always be setbacks and things in life that we do not like. I might once in a while feel bad and downcast, I might worry a lot of times. But Hannah’s reaction hit home, how immediately her outlook changed, how she was instantly at peace and free from misery because there was a promise.
Prayer is a very powerful thing, it is said to move mountains. So we should really pour our hearts to God in prayer in without worry and in thanksgiving (Philippians 4:6-7). Let’s remember God’s promises and on those times that we might worry, let’s remember Hannah’s example of a perfect reaction to promise.
To share the happy ending, Hannah, of course, was given a son, Samuel, by God because “the LORD remembered her.” (1 Sam 1:19)
Lord, I believe that You are the God of Abraham, Isaac, Jacob and all those great prophets in the past. Thank You for Your promises, there’s more than one promise to all my worries and needs. I pray that You give me the same faith and peace that You have Hannah thousands of years ago. I pray that I might be able to sail through life really and fully knowing in my heart that You are in control. I love You and thank You because You loved me first, these things I pray in Jesus’ Mighty Name, amen.