28
Apr
11

Hannah’s True Motivation

The book of 1 Samuel opens with the story of a woman named Hannah, whose chief goal appears to be that she give birth to a son.  Though she appears to be godly, the Bible says that “the Lord had closed her womb” (1:5).  After much weeping and “bitterness of soul”, Hannah is finally blessed with the son that she desired.

So, it is somewhat surprising that after receiving this gift, she would immediately turn around and give up the boy to live in the temple with the priest Eli, where it appears he was raised from a very young age.  What does this say about Hannah?

First, she keeps her word.  At least part of the reason that she was able to have a son was because she had promised God to dedicate him to the Lord’s service (1:11).  But even more importantly, we see Hannah’s true God-honoring spirit evident in chapter 2:

 Then Hannah prayed and said:

   “My heart rejoices in the LORD;
   in the LORD my horn is lifted high.
My mouth boasts over my enemies,
   for I delight in your deliverance.

 “There is no one holy like the LORD;
   there is no one besides you;
   there is no Rock like our God.”  — 1 Samuel 2:1-2

Further reading of Hannah’s prayer reveals the depth of spirit that this woman had.  And God blessed her for it.  May we have the same attitude of dedication to the Lord.

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