Understanding God’s plan is often difficult. As Hannah poured her heart out to God, she was heartsick, devastated and beginning to feel quite hopeless. The chief priest at Shiloh saw none of that…He saw a drunk on his steps. I am sure he was quite aggravated–but, when Eli confronted her; he realized he was confronting a hurting, prayerful lady, and felt bad. Eli blessed her, and as God’s priest, God honored his blessing.
After a marriage of disappointment and defeat, Hannah rose–knowing God had heard her prayer and answered it. Then as the time came to fruition, Hannah gave birth to a son she named–“Because I asked God for him”–Samuel. No one, least of all Eli, had any idea how dramatic his blessing would be for the nation of Israel. Samuel was to become a force for the change of the nation. He would set the path for Israel’s rise to glory. He would set the path for the coming Messiah. He would anoint the man after God’s own heart. All because a desperate woman prayed as if her life depended on it.
In this new year, wouldn’t it be great if God’s chosen would pray as if their lives depended on it. If we would so intensely seek God that it seemed like we were drunk. That the very core of our being would be wrapped around God like a child clinging to their parent. God wants our devotion. He honors that devotion by giving us a life of purpose and meaning.
We never know what circumstance will spark our legacy–we simply need to be ready and willing to trust God. Then God, in His time, will amaze us!
God Bless You
As she kept on praying to the Lord, Eli observed her mouth. 13 Hannah was praying in her heart, and her lips were moving but her voice was not heard. Eli thought she was drunk 14 and said to her, “How long are you going to stay drunk? Put away your wine.”
15 “Not so, my lord,” Hannah replied, “I am a woman who is deeply troubled. I have not been drinking wine or beer; I was pouring out my soul to the Lord. 16 Do not take your servant for a wicked woman; I have been praying here out of my great anguish and grief.”
17 Eli answered, “Go in peace, and may the God of Israel grant you what you have asked of him.”
18 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.
19 Early the next morning they arose and worshiped before the Lord and then went back to their home at Ramah. Elkanah made love to his wife Hannah, and the Lord remembered her.20 So in the course of time Hannah became pregnant and gave birth to a son. She named him Samuel,[b] saying, “Because I asked the Lord for him.”