Today’s Reading: 1 Samuel 1:1-2:21 (additional reading: Psalm 105:37-45 and Proverbs 14:28-29)
Frustration, disappointment, hopelessness and despair have many causes. It may be a friendship that has gone sour, a door that suddenly slammed on your face, an expectation that did not come to pass, a peaceful place that suddenly became war zone, a love that turned to hate, a healthy relationship that suddenly gone dry and lifeless or trust that got betrayed.
If you associate with any of the above, the good news is you are not alone. In our text, Hannah is enjoying the status quo when suddenly she comes face to face with the reality of jealousy, provocation, irritation and competition.
In verse 1- 5 we see God is taking advantage of our impossible situations so that He can show his great power and mercy toward his children. I don’t know your situation today. But in Hanna’s life, she is facing the reality of barrenness. The thought of barrenness steal all the joy and meaning of Hannah’s life. But God use the impossible situation to get Hannah’s attention.
6 -8 shows us the irritations in our life may be God’s way of provoking us to discover the very best in our lives. Passivity and mediocrity is the enemy of change. But many times, God is using divine provocations to awaken our interest for change. Had it not been to the irritations cause by Penninah, Hannah may not be interested to discover more of her destiny. The divine hunger of the heart may be an indication that God is leading us to something more for God.
We then read a prayer of desperation and a word of declaration (10-18) The end of our own strength can be the turning point to discover the power and might of God. All we need to do is to hear God’s promised declared and claim it by faith. As God’s children, we must not be moved by what we see, feel, or hear. But we must stand firmly on the word of God. When God promises anything, He will do it.
God has a purpose for every provocations and irritation that come to our ways. They lead us to discover God’s purpose for our life.
- What difficult situation has God used in your life to move you onto something better?
Father, Thank You for moving us on to better things. Thank You that Your purposes for us are always perfect. Help us not to resent hard times but to look to the lessons You are teaching us. In Jesus’ name, Amen