“Hannah prayed: My heart rejoices in the Lord; my horn is lifted up by the Lord. My mouth boasts over my enemies, because I rejoice in Your salvation. There is no one holy like the Lord. There is no one besides You! And there is no rock like our God.”
1 Samuel 2:1-2 HCSB
I’ve always loved Hannah’s story. She longed for something so precious for many years. When she went to the Tabernacle of the Lord, she wept and she cried out to God to give her the desires of her heart — a child. After the taunting of her husband’s other wife, and even Eli, the priest thought she had come to the temple drunk because of her brokenness, but she would not cease in her pleading. She made a vow to God that if he would grant her this one desire, she would give Him the son that she would birth. At last, God provided, and when the child was old enough, she presented young Samuel to Eli to be trained in the Tabernacle. These verses are the first two of her praise to God for coming through and doing as he said he would.
That got me thinking, of all the things that he has given to me — a husband who loves me, three wonderful children, a nice house, running cars, a career I enjoy, and an opportunity to minister to others — would I be willing to give it all back to him if he asked? My answer is, “of course.“ But that’s easy to say until he actually asks for it. Right now, all things are done for his glory. The way I serve my family and my church, the time and attention I give to crafting stories that won’t just entertain but minister to the reader; it’s all for him like 1 Corinthians 10:31 instructs believers to do.
But like Hannah, my heart rejoices in the Lord, and my cup overflows, because there is no one like him, and there is nothing that is as fulfilling as the time I spend with him. For there is no one or no thing that can compare to his glory and splendor.
Can you identify with Hannah? Have you done as she has, crying out for God to answer your pleas? If He gave it, would you be able to do as Hannah did?