Scripture: 1 Samuel 1:17-18
Then Eli answered and said, "Go in peace; and may the God of Israel grant your petition that you have asked of Him." She said, "Let your maidservant find favor in your sight." So the woman went her way and ate, and her face was no longer sad.
Insights: I love the way this passage ends. We see Hannah walking off with a smile on her face. She is no longer oppressed. She is no longer misunderstood. She is no longer in distress. She has heard a word from the spokesman of God and she has believed him. Out of this faith and hope she smiles. She has turned to the Lord in distress. She has trusted the Lord in misunderstanding. She has tarried in the Lord as she was oppressed by Satan. Because of her obedient actions the Lord has stepped in and comforted her heart and now she walks triumphantly out of the room with joy which exudes out of her countenance and she is no longer sad. What a beautiful ending to such a horrific trial. Beloved, the Lord desires to still do this kind of work to all those who love God and are called according to His purposes. He works all things to our good if we are born again and living our lives for Him. Now as a way of caution: it is true God does work it to our good, but it is not always here on this side of eternity as was the case with Hannah. Sometimes our good occurs in eternity, but it is still the Lord of glory working our situations to our good. May the Lord be praised for His faithfulness!
- Have you experienced the comforting grace of the Lord lately?
- Are you walking as if you are truly triumphant in the Lord?
Prayer: Father, thank You for the victory I have in You. Thank You that You comfort me and give me strength. Thank You that You work all things together for good to those who love You and are called according to Your purposes. Amen.