Summer Plan: Day 1

Hey Guys! We are back with some new places in Scripture to read this summer. So, hang in there with me for ten weeks this time. We will be reading from 1 Samuel, Psalms, and Proverbs the first six weeks, and for the final four weeks we will be reading from 2 Samuel, Psalms, and Proverbs. So, get ready for an awesome time this summer.

Today we are jumping in with the first two chapters of 1 Samuel. Go ahead and read 1 Samuel 1 and 2. 

So, when I was around 18 my parents told me this story from when I was only a toddler. We were living in Southwest Georgia at the time, and the pastor of the church we were attending was teaching through 1 Samuel. He came to these chapters, and during the invitation and conclusion of his message he throws a curveball. Instead of having an alter call he asks for parents to stand, but he asks them to stand only if they are willing to let their sons or daughters go into ministry. You know what my parents did? They stood. They told me later that, "We have three sons. Why would we not want all of them to be in ministry?"

Take a look at Hannah. This was her disposition. She wanted a child so bad, and when she was blessed with one she gave him to be used by the Lord. I want you to take a look with me at 1 Samuel 2:1-10. This is referred to as either Hannah's prayer or Hannah's song. Hannah has no other children than Samuel, and she raises him to the point of weaning, probably a few years old. Then she takes him to Shiloh and brings him to Eli to serve under him. Look how she responds in those first ten verses of 1 Samuel 2. She responds with praise, exultation, adoration, describing the Lord's characteristics. 

How do we worship the Lord? In the hard times? In the easy times? I say look at Hannah. In the hard moments she poured her soul out to the Lord, 1 Samuel 1:15. In those hard moments she worshiped him with praise, exultation, and thanksgiving, 2 Samuel 1:1-10. In those easier moments, when she was blessed with three more sons and two daughter she praised the Lord!

Andrew Barnes