I’ve just hit the book of 1 Samuel in my Old Testament readings, and it’s been making me really thankful for the promises of God.
Right there in chapter 1 of 1 Samuel.
And He who made the promise was faithful.
Because Hannah was married. But she was barren. She was tormented by another. And she was desperate.
She was broken.
And in her brokenness, she ran to God and not away from Him.
She entered the sanctuary…
She went to where she knew she could find God.
She went to where there was promise.
And crushed in soul, she prayed and she cried, and she poured her heart out to the One who hears.
Yet when she left the sanctuary, her face was radiant.
Because she knew.
That He who made the promise was faithful.
And before the year was out, Hannah had conceived and had given birth to a son. She named him Samuel, explaining, ‘I asked God for him.’
And in response to His faithfulness, in completely abandoned worship, Hannah gave her son back to the Lord, dedicated to God for life.
And our abundant God, blessed her with even more children.
Hannah praises with this inspirational-heart-stirring-song-of-thankful-joy…
I’m bursting with God news. I’m walking on air. I’m laughing at my rivals. I’m dancing my salvation. Nothing and no one is holy like God, no rock mountain like our God. Don’t dare talk pretentiously – not a word of boasting, ever! For God knows what’s going on. He takes the measure of everything that happens. The weapons of the strong are smashed to pieces, while the weak are infused with fresh strength. The well-fed are out begging on the streets for crusts, while the hungry are getting second helpings. The barren woman has a houseful of children, while the mother of many is bereft. God brings death and God brings life, brings down the grave and raises up. God brings poverty and God brings wealth; he lowers, he also lifts up. He puts poor people back on their feet again; He rekindles burnt out lives with fresh hope. Restoring dignity and respect to their lives – a place in the sun! For the very structures of earth are God’s; He has laid out His operations on a firm foundation. He protectively cares for His faithful friends, step by step, but leaves the wicked to stumble in the dark. No one makes it in this life by sheer muscle. God’s enemies will be blasted out of the sky, crashed in a heap and burned. God will set things right over the earth, he’ll give strength to His King, He’ll set His anointed on top of the world!
And because He who makes the promise is faithful, He lifts the needy from the dust.
And because He who makes the promise is faithful, the last will be first and the first will be last.
And because He who makes the promise is faithful, He rekindles burnt out lives with fresh hope.
He chooses the weak and the meek and the lowly.
And He restores and makes new those who humbly seek His face and His heart.
We enter the sanctuary of God.
The place of His Presence.
The place of His promise.
And we leave with our faces radiant.
Knowing that He who makes the promise is faithful.