May 15

Good morning!
Text:  1 Samuel 1-2; Proverbs 24:23-34
1 Samuel opens with the story of Samuel’s mother, Hannah.  She has been unable to conceive children, and when she visits the temple she weeps bitterly and prays, seeking God’s favor in the matter:

“Lord Almighty, if you will only look on your servant’s misery and remember me, and not forget your servant but give her a son, then I will give him to the Lord for all the days of his life, and no razor will ever be used on his head.” (1 Samuel 1:11)

This is pretty remarkable.  Hannah asks for what she wants most, a son.  But then she promises to give that son right back to the Lord. Is that the way we think?  It would seem more normal that when we really, really want something we want it to be our own – to keep and to hold.  Hannah’s heart here is a challenge to us all.  Is what I want most the same thing I would also most want to surrender to God?  Is my desire to give greater than my desire to receive?
in Him, Mike