The Book of Judges ends with a sad commentary, “In those days Israel had no king; everyone did as he saw fit.” (Judges 21:25) That is the world in which young Samuel was introduced to in 1 Samuel.
Hannah, our Bible character for this Sunday, was a Godly woman married to a very devout man. Elkanah chose to worship the Lord even when many of the Jewish nation were turning their backs on God. He annually took his family to Shiloh to the Lord's tabernacle.
Hannah was deeply saddened because she had no children. In a Jewish culture, if you did not have children you were considered cursed.
Well that all changed on one of those trips to Shiloh. She met with God and made a vow that if the Lord would give her a son, she would give him back to Him for His service all the days of his life. God answered her prayer and she fulfilled her vow. We read in 1 Samuel 2:21, “. . . the boy Samuel grew up in the presence of the Lord.” Samuel was the last of the judges and the first of a new line of prophets after Moses.
Her named is splashed throughout 1 Samuel 1 and 2, but then she disappears from the pages of scripture. Yet her greatest contribution to the nation of Israel, her son, Samuel, does not disappear. When you carefully study her life, you come to the conclusion that she is a true model for all mothers and all women of faith.
Hannah is a woman from whom we can learn some powerful life lessons. Such as: real Godly women have real problems; real Godly women know how to really pray; real Godly women experience God’s real blessing; real Godly women do what they really say; and, real Godly women know how to really praise the Lord.
I hope you will join us this Sunday, Mother’s Day, for a “Muffins with Mom” fellowship at 9:45 followed by worship as we study a slice of the life of Hannah.
Mothers, you are truly loved! Thank you for being who you are.