Wednesday, May 7
Posted: Wednesday, May 7
1 Samuel 1:1-2:21
Verse of the day:
I asked the Lord to give me this boy, and he has granted my request. (1 Samuel 1:27)
There are many ways that children can be viewed. Some view their children as an inconvenience, an expense, or an unintended consequence. Others love their children but view them as a common blessing that’s available to any combination of a man and woman coming together. But others view their children as a direct answer to their prayers. Such was the case of Hannah in the scriptures, who pleaded with God to reverse her years of barrenness, and God gave her a son, whom she named Samuel. The name Samuel means to be ‘heard of God’ or ‘asked of God’. What incredible love Hannah had for Samuel because she viewed this blessing as a direct answer to her prayers!
Of all the blessings God gives us in life, we tend to cherish most our blessings that we have sought in prayer. How thrilling is it when that family member or friend gives their life to Christ after years of prayers and tears. How incredible is it when God grants us a spiritual gift after seeking Him at an altar. How fulfilling is the advancement at work when we’ve prayed for God’s favor in our employment!
Charles Spurgeon said ‘It is always best to get blessings into our house in the legitimate way, by the door of prayer—then they are blessings indeed, and not temptations. Even when prayer speeds not, the blessings grow all the richer for the delay’.
Pastor Jon Brooks // College & Young Adults Pastor