Thursday, April 9, 2015

H is for Hannah...


Hannah was the wife of Elkanah from Ephraim's tribe.  For years Hannah prayed annually at Shiloh for a son, whom she vowed to dedicate to the Lord.

The Lord answered her prayer, and she called her son Samuel.  When he was about three, she dedicated him at Shiloh to the service of the Lord.  After that Samuel lived with Eli the priest and was visited by his parents on their annual pilgrimage. Samuel became one of Israel's greatest judges.  Hannah had 3 more sons and 2 daughters. 

Early on Hannah struggled with her sense of self-worth because she was unable to have children.  Hannah was fervent in worship and effective in prayer.  When Hannah made a commitment she was willing to follow through no matter what the cost.

Lessons we can learn from Hannah:
-God hears and answers prayers
-Our children are gifts from God
-God is concerned for the oppressed and afflicted

The story of Hanna can be found in 1 Samuel 1-2.

'For this child I prayed; and the LORD hath given me my petition which I asked of him:  Therefore also I have lent him to the LORD; as long as he liveth he shall be lent to the LORD. And he worshipped the LORD there.'  1 Samuel 1:27, 28

until next time...nel

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