4/30/16: What to Do With What You Want Most

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Have you ever prayed for something that God ultimately granted? What a wonderful feeling it is to receive that for which we have prayed. We know for sure it is God’s special gift to us, and for a while, we treat it as such. Unfortunately, as time moves along, we become comfortable and casual with that thing or person, and that valued answered prayer becomes commonplace to us. The saying can be true that “familiarity breeds contempt” and we actually can allow ourselves to come to despise that which was once so very precious.

In the book of First Samuel, Hannah teaches us how not to let that happen. What she wanted most was a child. She prayed and prayed for this child and finally came to the place where she made a vow to the Lord. She said, “O LORD of hosts, if You will indeed look on the affliction of Your maidservant and remember me, and not forget Your maidservant, but will give Your maidservant a male child, then I will give him to the LORD all the days of his life…” 1 Samuel 1:11 (NKJ).

The priest spoke to Hannah, heard her request, and declared that God would grant her petition. Sure enough, within the process of time, Hannah had that baby. You would think she’d return to that priest, show him the child, and give her testimony and thanks, right? She did that, but she went even further. She actually followed through with the original vow she had made. After weaning Samuel, she took him to the priest and left him there to be raised as a servant of the Lord by the priest himself. She literally gave him to the Lord all the days of his life, just as she had vowed.

But Hannah did something else as well with what she wanted most. We usually overlook the fact that before she was even pregnant, she began to act like God had answered her prayer. As soon as the priest declared that God would grant her petition, she changed her attitude. She stopped crying and fasting. The Scriptures say, “…So the woman went her way and ate, and her face was no longer sad. Then they rose early in the morning and worshiped before the LORD…” 1 Samuel 1:18-19 (NKJ).

Hannah’s request for a son was a good and honorable request. Since we know that “the prayer of the upright is His delight” (Proverbs 15:8b), we can be confident that God will grant the petitions that are best for us and that are in line with His will for us. Like Hannah, we must exercise our faith in God’s answer even before we see the manifestation of it. Then we must have the attitude to offer to God even those things which we want most. Finally, upon receipt of the answer, we must literally give that precious gift back to God. The answered prayer will forever remain precious to us and will still remain ours – Samuel was still Hannah’s son – but oh how God can abundantly bless what we will share with Him.

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2 Responses to “4/30/16: What to Do With What You Want Most”

  1. Have you ever gone to the mall and observed an item that you really wanted; however something that you really did not need? Perhaps this item did not fit into our budget at the time. Not only was the item outside our budget, but, its purchase did not honor and glorify God. As devout Christians, we must prioritize the use of our time, talents, and financial resources for God’s glory.

    Through sacrificial giving we demonstrate to God that we truly love Him and trust our future into His hands. Hannah is an excellent example of yielding her precious first born son into service for God. She did not forget about him, but each year she and her husband, Elkanah went to the
    Temple to make a sacrifice and provide a new robe to her son (1 Kings 1; 2; 3). Because of Hannah’s gift of her son the LORD blessed Hannah with three additional sons and two daughters.

    When we truly are faithful to the LORD, the LORD is able to bless us in unexpected and profound ways.

  2. We have not because we ask not…knock and the door shall be opened!

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