Empowered Devotional Series
Wednesday January 17, 2024
Scripture: 1 Samuel 1: 20 So in the course of time Hannah became pregnant and gave birth to a son. She named him Samuel, saying, “Because I asked the Lord for him.” 21 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.” 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 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, an ephah 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.
Meditation: When we make a commitment to the Lord, we must honor that commitment. Too often people make commitments to God with no intention of ever following through on that commitment and subsequently suffer for it. Any commitment that has been made to God, no matter the personal cost, if followed through will be blessed or multiplied by the Lord.
– How many of us know through experience that we can never out-give the Lord? 2 Cor. 9 says, 7 Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.” Here Paul exhorts the believers to give what they have already decided in their heart to give! Hannah made a promise to God that if He gave her a son then she would devote that son back to God, to serve the Lord all the days of his life. I will say it again, Hannah made that decision. Hannah devoted her unconceived son to God knowing full well that it would mean great personal sacrifice.
– That meant that the very thing Hannah desired more than anything else in this world, she was willing to offer back to God by faith! Like Able before her who gave of the very best and firstborn of his flock to God, and later Abraham who willingly offered his son Isaac in sacrifice to God, Hannah followed through in her commitment to God.
– None of these individuals knew by experience that what they did by faith would be rewarded by God, but they found out after they acted in faith that God was pleased with their sacrifice! God blessed and gave to Hannah three more sons and two daughters, 1 Sam. 2:21! She who had been barren was abundantly blessed as she persevered in faith and then gave without reservation by faith to God!
– If you worry about fulfilling your commitment to the Lord because of what you will have to give up to do so; know, on the authority of God’s Word that you can never out-give the Lord!