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Still, Eli did give Hannah a special key, that day, and a blessing; "Go in peace, and may God of Israel grant you what you have asked of him."
Philippians 4:6-7 says; "Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus."
The next thing Hannah did was she laid down.
Hannah had to make a sacrificial prayer ... "An Isaac Prayer".
All God was requiring of Hannah' was a surrendering up of her will. He'd been planning on blessing her all along. But Hannah had to first come to point, in her walk with Lord, where she was willing to give up child of her dreams, her Isaac; what she wanted most in life, before she even held him in her arms. Our God is not a cruel Father to watch Hannah suffer like she did. But, our Father is a jealous God and He must come first in lives of His children. (Exodus 34:14)
Hannah was forced to give up her "precious Isaac." (The name "Isaac" in Hebrew means "laughter.") Hannah sacrificed her dream, that which brought joy to her heart. She gave up her will and found peace, that day, at Shiloh. She found rest for her weary soul. Sometimes, we're forced to do same thing Hannah did, because we grasp hold of things too tightly and won't let go of them.
God has to be first in our lives and He will, sometimes, with hold blessings from us until we're ready to give Him first priority in our lives. Hannah and Abraham had something in common. They both had to sacrifice a dream; their heart's desire. Hannah had to sacrifice hers before she received it. Abraham had to sacrifice his after he already had it. (Genesis 22:1-19)
Hannah submitted, surrendered, and sacrificed her heart's desire; her most cherished dream. She vowed it would be God's will, and no other.
The next thing Hannah did was, she got up,and went on her way. She started walking. She trusted God; had faith in believing.
Hannah did same thing that Abraham did. He hoped against hope. Romans 4:18 says, "Against all hope, Abraham in hope believed and so became ..."
Hoping gave birth to believing, believing to knowing. Hannah's circumstances were still same, nothing had changed, except for Hannah. She was still barren in her womb, but no longer in her heart. For, now, she was filled with hope for future. She still had no child. But, inward changes had been made. Ointment had been applied to Hannah's wounded spirit at Shiloh, that day, when she offered it up to Lord as a sacrifice. New hope had been birthed within her.
Hannah stood up! She was able to stand on her own. Sometimes, people are so broken and wounded that they need others to help them to their feet. Remember Peter, in Acts 3:1-11, when he healed crippled beggar. Verse 7 says, after he took "... him by right hand, he helped him up, and instantly man's feet and ankles became strong."
And in Acts 9:36-41, in healing of Tabitha, Dorcas, verse 41, says he; "... took her by hand and helped her to her feet ..." Maybe she wasn't strong enough to get up on her own. Hannah got up and went on her way!
Hannah left Shiloh, that day, with a new spirit. I imagine Peninnah's ridiculing never bothered her again. Yes, Hannah had been broken, but she was soon to be blessed... "... Elkanah lay with Hannah his wife, and LORD remembered her. So in course of time Hannah conceived and gave birth to a son. She named him Samuel, saying, "Because I asked LORD for him." 1:19-20
Hannah received her blessing from Lord. "I prayed for this child, and LORD has granted me what I asked of him. So now I give him to LORD ..." 1:27-28.
God gave Hannah three times as much as she'd given him, which proves that you cannot out give God. "And LORD was gracious to Hannah; she conceived and gave birth to three sons and two daughters." 2:21
"Lord, make me like bread ... Blessed by you, broken by you, given to others."
© 2005 by Dot McGinnis
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My Dear Sweet Blessed Savior,
We have so much to learn from your precious daughter Hannah. She stood broken and bruised before you, and she offered up to you her most cherished dream as a sacrifice. Lord, may I always be able to rise again whenever I feel broken, bruised, and bleeding like Hannah. And, may I never let others steal my joy from me as Hannah first let Peninnah steal hers. I know, Father, that I always say Jesus is my Lord and my King. Never let those be simply words that I utter. Always, Father, help me to place You first upon throne of my heart, above all others. Help me to walk away, like Hannah did, that day, no longer downcast, but renewed in spirit, at peace, at rest with joy and hope she found, that day, at Shiloh; anticipating what is yet to come.
Dot is a poet and a published author from Pennsylvania who has served as assistant editor for the Christian newspaper Majesty. She is retired yet continues serving the Lord via the Heavenly Inspirations Ministries.