Giving Until it Hurts

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She made a vow: Hannah promises her son to the work of the LORD, vowing that he will be a Nazirite from birth (I will give him to the LORD all the days of his life, and no razor shall come upon his head). According to Numbers 6, the vow of a Nazirite included the following:
 
 
I will give him to the LORD all the days of his life: The child born would be a Levite, and being of that tribe, would be already dedicated unto the LORD, because God regarded the tribe of Levi as His own special possession. But the time of a Levite’s special dedication to the LORD only lasted from the age of 30 to 50 (Numbers 4:2-3). Here, Hannah was taking something that already belonged to the LORD in some sense, and gave it again to the LORD in a greater way – for the whole life, and in a the dedication of a Nazirite, which was a greater consecration than a Levite.
 
Even so, we may be dedicated unto the LORD – but is there a greater dedication God wants from us? It would have been easy for Hannah to say, “I don’t need to dedicate my child to the LORD, because he is already dedicated.” But there was a deeper dedication the LORD was trying to draw out of Hannah. Is there a deeper dedication the LORD is trying to draw out of you?

Weeping May Endure

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1 There was a man named Elkanah from Ramathaim Zophim in the mountains of Ephraim. He was the son of Jeroham, grandson of Elihu, great-grandson of Tohu, whose father was Zuph from the tribe of Ephraim.  Elkanah had two wives, one named Hannah, the other Peninnah. Peninnah had children, but Hannah had none.   Every year this man would go from his own city to worship and sacrifice to the Lord of Armies at Shiloh. Eli’s two sons, Hophni and Phinehas, served there as priests of the Lord. Whenever Elkanah offered a sacrifice, he would give portions of it to his wife Peninnah and all her sons and daughters.   He would also give one portion to Hannah because he loved her, even though the Lord had kept her from having children.  Because the Lord had made her unable to have children, her rival ⌊Peninnah⌋ tormented her endlessly in order to make her miserable. This happened year after year. Whenever Hannah went to the Lord’s house, Peninnah would make her miserable, and Hannah would cry and not eat.  Her husband Elkanah would ask her, “Hannah, why are you crying? Why haven’t you eaten? Why are you so downhearted? Don’t I mean more to you than ten sons?”  -1 Samuel 1-8

Hannah was pursuing God despite the circumstance that she was in. God had closed her womb, but yet as her husband asked her why are you crying? why haven’t you ate? why are you so sad? Hannah kept pursuing and did not complain or ask why. It is true that God will place us in seasons to where everything seems to be falling apart but yet He is still God and we must seek Him and hold onto to Him. “Weeping may endure for the night, but joy comes in the morning.” – Psalm 30:5.

God was using her disability for his glory, what meant so much to her is what she didn’t have. No one could help her in this situation, no surgery could be performed to outwit God. She was seeking for a miracle.

 “God would use the closed womb of Hannah, and the pain from being childless, to accomplish something great in her life and in the whole plan of salvation. Even though things were hard, God was still in charge.”

What happens in these seasons of desperation, & heartache? It’s like this; God is leading us past the familiar territory of faith and into the uncharted territory of faith. Like Abraham who obeyed God to go on top of the mountain and sacrifice his son. It was a new level of faith that Abraham was uncharting with his walk with God.  And in this uncharted territory of faith is when we see the word impossible become possible.

What is it in your life that you are crying out for? Is it a relationship, financial, personal struggle that you are weeping before God? Keep seeking, keep knocking and the door will be opened!

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