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Week 4, Day 5

1. Read 1 Samuel 1:21-28. Was Hannah true to her word regarding her son, Samuel?

Hannah was able to enjoy baby Samuel for at least three years. Elkanah told Hannah during this three year period, "Remain until you have weaned him: ONLY (emphasis added) may the LORD confirm HIS WORD." (1 Sam. 1:23) Elkanah was obedient in his surrender, but he wanted Hannah to be sure of this immense sacrificial commitment. After Samuel was weaned, Hannah and Elkanah traveled together to Shiloh to dedicate their beloved son to the LORD. They took offerings of joyful sacrifice to the LORD, along with their precious son. There Hannah gave their gifted child, Samuel, to Eli, the priest. She described to Eli the joyful answer to her prayer. "For this boy I prayed and the LORD has given me my petition which I asked of Him. So I have also dedicated him to the LORD. As long as he lives, he is dedicated to the LORD." (1 Sam. 1:27-28)

2. This sacrificial gift to God was full of emotion but given freely from the heart. How can you begin today to sacrificially let go of someone close to you, giving them into God's loving care?

3. Read 1 Samuel 2:1-11. Mark references to the mighty working of God and record those words that tell us something about God. (For example: The Lord is exalted; Salvation is from the LORD; Holy LORD; the only one, etc.) ENJOY!

LESSONS AND APPLICATIONS

1. God is awesome! How is God visible in your life today? Take time to meditate on Him.

2. God blesses His children abundantly. How is God's blessing being poured out on you right now?

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

Committing someone to God is more than a symbol, but is also a protection. My brother is having gastric by-pass surgery on August 6th. The last time he was in the hospital, he was having a stress test and his heart stopped (twice). During this time, he was reading the "Left Behind" series (God had been preparing his heart). I led him to the Lord by telephone while he was still in the ICU.
Now that my brother is preparing to go to surgery, I petition for the Lord to guide the surgeon's hand and to protect my brother's body. But my heart is less anxious because my brother is sealed by the blood of Christ in eternity.
Cindy Faulkner

Twisting His Arm said...

God is so wonderful! It is hard to describe! Right now I feel so blessed because of family and my ability to travel. Even though I live far away from family I have the ability to visit them. I visit my sisters almost every other weekend. I am visiting my mom, mother-in-law, & sister-in-law in the next couple months. I thank God for mass transportation and my ability to travel!

-Christina