July 24, 2017
Read: 1 Samuel 1
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Scripture- 1 Samuel 1:27-28- I asked the Lord to give me this boy, and he has granted my request. Now I am giving him to the Lord, and he will belong to the Lord his whole life.” And they worshiped the Lord there.
Observations- Hannah had been unable to give birth to a child for many years, and so cried out to God for a baby she could dedicate to fully to God. God hears her cry, honored her request, and then she followed through with her commitment as she takes her son to be mentored by the priest, Eli.
Application- I have a friend who often reminds people that having your children baptized is a dangerous enterprise. After all, your child just might take the commitment you are making on his or her behalf as a parent quite seriously and do something crazy like become a missionary to the people of Zimbabwe. Hannah knew her child ultimately belonged to God. It's good for all of us to remember that we are called to be His children.
Prayer- Lord, thank that You are willing to call me Your child. What an honor to be adopted into the family of God through Jesus Christ! Help me take the commitments that I make to You as seriously as Hannah did. Help us as Your church be ready to have people respond with all they are and all that they have to Your great love. Amen.
"For you are all children of God through faith in Christ Jesus." (Galatians 3:26),