Monday, April 8, 2013

April 8 – 1 Samuel 1-3

Below are my thoughts from the daily Bible reading of the West Side Church of Christ. Today’s reading comes from 1 Samuel 1-3. Before reading I invite you to pray and asked God to speak to you as you read his word.

Hannah has waited a long time for a child. Finally God grants her this child she has longed for. After he is born and dedicated to service to God she utters a prayer of praise in chapter two. Dr. James E. Smith author of The Books of History divides this prayer into four sections … 1) She rejoices in the personal deliverance from a life of misery, 2) She rejoiced in the person of God-his holiness, his strength, and his knowledge, 3) She rejoiced in the government of God, 4) She rejoiced in her hope … some scholars believe this has prophetic undertones of the coming Messiah revealed in Jesus Christ. [1]

What I find striking in this list of four things is the repetitive word used by Dr. Smith … rejoiced. Hannah prayed over and over for a child to be born to her. Finally her desire was granted. What is great is she does not neglect God after he answers her prayers. I think too often we are guilty of making our petitions of God, but when God blesses, when God provides, and when God answers too often we do not return to Him … we do not rejoice. Hannah teaches us a valuable lesson. When God works and moves, whether in our eyes it is good or negative we need to make time to rejoice, to worship, and to celebrate God’s working in our lives.

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[1] Smith, James E. The Books of History. 2. Joplin: College Press Publishing Company, 1995. 250. Print.

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