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Obedience and Sacrifice!

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1 Samuel 2:18-21 (The Message)

18-20. In the midst of all this, Samuel, a boy dressed in a priestly linen tunic, served God. Additionally, every year his mother would make him a little robe cut to his size and bring it to him when she and her husband came for the annual sacrifice. Eli would bless Elkanah and his wife, saying, "God give you children to replace this child you have dedicated to God." Then they would go home.

21. God was most especially kind to Hannah. She had three more sons and two daughters! The boy Samuel stayed at the sanctuary and grew up with God.

Here is a story of great sacrifice and courage! A woman with a desire in her heart to be a mother! But at a cost that I wonder how many women would actually follow through with it. I can never read this story without my heart going out to her. She asked God a specific request and made a commitment if He would grant it to her. And He did, and she followed through as she had told Him. How hard would it have been to take this child to the house of the Lord and leave him there? How hard would it have been to only visit? The Word states she would make a little coat and bring it to him on their yearly sacrifice. Of course you remember the story of Samuel, a man who became the high priest and judge of Israel. A man the people loved because even in the middle of oppression, he helped them keep their faith and hope alive. So was it worth it to Hannah? I believe God gave her a peace in her heart that no man could describe.
God blessed her in many ways because of her sacrifice! We may be asked to do some hard things this year, but remember if God is asking, there will be a way made for it to happen, and blessings will follow.
God Bless you today, my friend!

1 comment:

Beautiful pear tree lane said...

Great post, I have often wondered about what a sacrifice Hannah made, and how hard it must have been for her. But she was so blessed,I only hope that I can be willing if called upon to make a great sacrifice of this magnitude. Such a very inspiring post, thank you for sharing.