And Samuel will be born into your life
Samuel is born to Hannah -
Samuel was the son of Elkanah and Hannah. His grandfather's name was Jeroham. Jeroham was the son of Elihu, who was the son of Tohu, the son of Zuph. You may wonder why I am giving history lesson in today's message. If we take the meanings of their names there is a beautiful message for us today.
Zuph = Honeycomb (honey symbolizes understand, thus the name symbolizes man of great understanding)
Tohu = lowly (a humble man)
Elihu = He is my God (a person who knows God)
Jeroham = showing pity (a person who serves and blesses others)
Elkanah = God has possessed / created (a person who knows his purpose in the Kingdom of God)
Hannah = grace (a person who dwells in grace of God)
Samuel = He is my EL (EL is a term used for God but means mighty or strong, thus the name symbolizes a person who knows Almighty God not just God but who He is and experiences His Power)
We know Elkanah was a rich man (by his offering). His wife Hannah had no children while his other wife did. It was after great crying unto the Lord that Hannah was blessed with Samuel. All her years of fasting and praying only paid off when she dedicated her son (her product) to the Lord.
In all this there is a message for us today and that is even if we are people of great understanding having knowledge of things of the world or even the Bible, we may be a humble person in life, we may be knowing God, that He exists, we may be people serving others, helping other people, we may be people who know God's plan in our lives and people living in the grace of God yet we may find we are not experiencing the Power of God in our lives.
We may be people of prayer and people who fast unto the Lord yet we find we are not really experiencing the Power of God in our lives. There are many times we may be going on our knees and asking the Lord why are we not like Jesus Who experienced the Power of God every moment of His life as man on earth.
The Lord is telling us today unless we do not dedicate our work unto Him we are never going to experience the Power of God in our lives.
Dedicating means doing work for His glory. Remember when we dedicate our work unto the Lord we need to give our best so whatever we do for the Kingdom of God should not be half-hearted efforts but our best. We should also remember what ever Jesus did, in it He first gave thanks unto the Lord, meaning He did not do it by His strength but by the strength of the Father. He did not take credit for any of His works but always acknowledge the Hand of His Father.
Let us draw from today's message and giving our best unto the Lord, not working with our strength but by His strength. Let us experience His Power in our lives like Jesus did.
[ Prayer Starter ]
Lord, we want to experience Samuel in our lives. We want to see your glory in our lives so that we can draw others to You. We have been struggling and at time getting very disappointed with the turn of events. Lord, let today's message be written in our hearts that every day we remember it and experience your Power...
This prayer we make in Jesus' Name, Amen.
[ Reference Scriptures ]
1 Samuel 1:1-11
1 Now there was a certain man of Ramathaimzophim, of mount Ephraim, and his name was Elkanah, the son of Jeroham, the son of Elihu, the son of Tohu, the son of Zuph, an Ephrathite:
2 And he had two wives; the name of the one was Hannah, and the name of the other Peninnah: and Peninnah had children, but Hannah had no children.
3 And this man went up out of his city yearly to worship and to sacrifice unto the LORD of hosts in Shiloh. And the two sons of Eli, Hophni and Phinehas, the priests of the LORD, were there.
4 And when the time was that Elkanah offered, he gave to Peninnah his wife, and to all her sons and her daughters, portions:
5 But unto Hannah he gave a worthy portion; for he loved Hannah: but the LORD had shut up her womb.
6 And her adversary also provoked her sore, for to make her fret, because the LORD had shut up her womb.
7 And as he did so year by year, when she went up to the house of the LORD, so she provoked her; therefore she wept, and did not eat.
8 Then said Elkanah her husband to her, Hannah, why weepest thou? and why eatest thou not? and why is thy heart grieved? am not I better to thee than ten sons?
9 So Hannah rose up after they had eaten in Shiloh, and after they had drunk. Now Eli the priest sat upon a seat by a post of the temple of the LORD.
10 And she was in bitterness of soul, and prayed unto the LORD, and wept sore.
11 And she vowed a vow, and said, O LORD of hosts, if thou wilt indeed look on the affliction of thine handmaid, and remember me, and not forget thine handmaid, but wilt give unto thine handmaid a man child, then I will give him unto the LORD all the days of his life, and there shall no razor come upon his head.
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