And she was in bitterness of soul and prayed to the Lord and wept in anguish. 1 Samuel 1:10 NKJV
A man named Elkanah had two wives. One of them was named Hannah. The other Peninnah. Peninnah had children. Hannah did not. Peninnah provoked Hannah severely because the Lord had closed her womb.
Hannah cried out to the Lord for a son. She promised if God granted her request, she would give him back to the Lord. Hannah made a vow that her son would serve the Lord all the days of his life. God granted her request. Hannah named her son Samuel.
Samuel became a prophet. He judged Israel. He anointed the first two kings of Israel. He was a pivotal figure in the history of God’s people. He was a faithful servant of God.
Our daughter Sarah was still born. My wife wept before the Lord. We asked God to give us another child. She became pregnant even though her doctor advised against it. One day the baby stopped moving. His heart stopped beating.
My wife was rushed into surgery. Our son Joshua was born. I dedicated him to the Lord on the first day of his life. I asked God to bless him and raise him up to be a godly man.
My son has suffered illness much of his life. He became addicted to drugs. Today he is in the county jail. We do not know what tomorrow will bring. We do know the God who holds tomorrow in the palms of His loving hands!
Therefore, do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble. Mathew 6:34 NKJV
The Lord gave Hannah the desire of her heart. He gave her the son she longed for. She gave him back to the Lord in faith. Her son lived in the temple with the priests and ministered before the Lord night and day. He was a righteous judge and prophet.
Hannah held the child she longed for in her arms. God gave her the faith to releases her son to the God who created Him and loved him more than she could.
My son’s immune system is compromised. Different symptoms and conditions present without warning. His drug addiction has been life altering. The road to recovery is long and winding. Evil lurks at the crossroads. Choices produce consequences.
Bitterness tugs at our souls. We’ve wept in anguish and cried out to the Lord. Will the desire of our hearts fulfill his promise? How many battles will be lost before God brings about the victory over sin and death?
We focus on what we do know. God loves our son more than we ever could. Jesus has conquered sin and death. His resurrection is our hope and promise that our son will be resurrected to newness of life.
Do what you can with what you have today. Leave tomorrow where it belongs, In the hands of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ!
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