New Year’s resolutions…That event where we promise to make changes in our lives; and those changes last days, weeks and rarely months–if we are lucky. Funny thing is, no resolutions are required for continuing on our journey.
Hannah made a resolution. She told the Lord, that if He would grant her the ability to have a child; that child would be His. So, when young Samuel was born, Hannah weaned him and then dedicated him to the LORD. She did more than promise Samuel’s service to God, She literally brought Samuel to the chief priest, Eli and left him. Samuel was put into a life of service to the Lord and His priest. I am sure that Eli had no expectation that he would be gaining a ward, but Hannah’s follow through was both sincere and complete.
In our lives, God seeks to bless us. He asks that we trust and follow Him. He promises that if we confess with our mouth that He is Lord, and believe God raised Him from the dead, we will be saved. Beyond that, there are no requirements to be saved. It is critical, however, to follow through. We must trust and follow the Lord daily. When we do,God sanctifies us, and prepares us for an eternity with Him. Speaking the words or simply praying a prayer is only the commitment. It is the life of faith and submission; that becomes the follow through. The follow through is the sanctification process. Sanctification is what prepares us to be like God and it is what brings hope and blessing.
We must not be afraid to continue to seek God’s leadership daily. Diving into His word, seeking Him in prayer and following God’s lead–will give us a life of purpose and meaning. We simply need to be like Hannah and follow through with our commitment to God. If we will, we will have an Amazing Journey!
God Bless You
When her husband Elkanah went up with all his family to offer the annual sacrifice to the Lord and to fulfill his vow, 22 Hannah did not go. She said to her husband, “After the boy is weaned, I will take him and present him before the Lord, and he will live there always.”[c]
23 “Do what seems best to you,” her husband Elkanah told her. “Stay here until you have weaned him; only may the Lord make good his[d] word.” So the woman stayed at home and nursed her son until she had weaned him.
24 After he was weaned, she took the boy with her, young as he was, along with a three-year-old bull,[e] an ephah[f] of flour and a skin of wine, and brought him to the house of the Lord at Shiloh. 25 When the bull had been sacrificed, they brought the boy to Eli, 26 and she said to him, “Pardon me, my lord. As surely as you live, I am the woman who stood here beside you praying to the Lord. 27 I prayed for this child, and the Lord has granted me what I asked of him. 28 So now I give him to the Lord. For his whole life he will be given over to the Lord.” And he worshiped the Lord there.