1 Samuel 1:1-2.11
After he was weaned, she took the boy with her, young as he was, along with a three-year-old bull, an ephah of flour and a skin of wine, and brought him to the house of the Lord at Shiloh. 25 When the bull had been sacrificed, they brought the boy to Eli, 26 and she said to him, “Pardon me, my lord. As surely as you live, I am the woman who stood here beside you praying to the Lord. 27 I prayed for this child, and the Lord has granted me what I asked of him. 28 So now I give him to the Lord. For his whole life he will be given over to the Lord.” And he worshiped the Lord there. (1 Samuel 1:24–28, NIV)
The story of Samuel’s birth is one of desperation, of love, of commitment to God, and one of God’s unfailing love to deliver what is promised, granting what has been asked of him.
As you read through the passages today, what emotions do you find? In what ways have you at times identified with each of these emotions in your life?
How willing do you think Hannah was to really believe what Eli promised her? Do you think this would have been easy for her or a challenge? Why do you think this is the case?
How difficult is it for us to turn over the things we have–at time precious, valuable things–to God for his purposes?