|Read 1st Samuel 1:1-28
I prayed for this child, and the Lord has granted me what I asked of him. So now I give him to Lord. For his whole life he will be given over to the Lord. Ė1 Samuel 1:27-28
As I read the story of Hannah in 1st Samuel, I heard a story of hope, faith and perseverance. Charles Stanley describes hope as the desire for something good coupled with the expectation that we will receive it. God allows us to have desires, but sometimes we can confuse our desires with that of God. The only way to differentiate our desires from that of God is to continuously bring them before God like Hannah did, and you will know eventually.
When you think your desires are in line with Godís will, you have to be persistent with him. Hannah is a great example of hope and what to do with your desires. Even though her hope of having a child seemed impossible, she was still relentless with her prayers to God. She believed that God allowed her to have those desires for a reason, and she wasnít going to give up on it until she felt like God told her to do so. She believed, prayed and continued to hope. Do the same with all of your desires that are spiritually directed.
Lastly, Hannah was faithful. I cannot emphasize enough the importance of this element called FAITH. She was so faithful that she promised to dedicate her child to God before he was even conceived. She fulfilled this vow the moment he was born! This is the kind of faith and hope that God longs for all of us to have. Hannahís dedication, prayers, hope and faith were rewarded with the son of her dreams.
God wants to do the same for you, but you have to prove yourself worthy. You may not get what you desire and God may ask you to redirect your hopes, but if you continue to live your life in line with Godís will he will instill his hopes and desires in your heart. When he does, believe it and cling to it with everything you are. Be prayerful, be obedient, be tenacious, and be hopeful. When all is said and done, donít forget to give back to God! If you make a vow, donít delay in fulfilling it.
AS LONG AS YOU PUT YOUR TRUST IN GOD, NEVER GIVE UP HOPE! Even when your dreams seem impossible, remember that WITH GOD, ALL THINGS ARE POSSIBLE! When your hopes seem unattainable, remember that God is a rewarder of those who diligently seek him.
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