Hannah wanted a baby so much.
Her years of longing bubbled up and out of control on one particular trip to Shiloh when she attended a festival of worship and sacrifice to the LORD Almighty. At that time in Israel’s history, Shiloh was where the Central Sanctuary and the Ark of the Covenant were located. This was holy ground for a holy celebration.
This was also the place and the time that Hannah…”In bitterness of soul wept much and prayed to the LORD…” 1 Samuel 1:10
Hannah wanted a baby so much that she also made a vow to give her child—her future son—back to the LORD to serve Him all the days of his life. God heard and honored her prayer and her promise.
And at just the right time—according to God’s perfect plans and perfect timing—the LORD answered Hannah’s desperately longing prayers for a son. And Hannah…
“…named him Samuel saying, ‘Because I asked the LORD for him.'”
1 Samuel 1:20
Samuel sounds very much like the Hebrew word for heard of God.
Hannah knew that Samuel was the tangible, living proof that the LORD Almighty—the God she worshipped—IS the God who hears. And Hannah bubbled up, once again, in thanksgiving and awe and praise to the LORD Almighty—to the God who hears:
“There is no one holy like the LORD; there is no one besides you; there is no Rock like our God.” 1 Samuel 2:2
What’s your Samuel?
What do you see, acknowledge and give thanks for in your life as tangible, living proof for how the LORD Almighty—the God who hears—has heard and answered you?
In love, peace and purposeful passion, Sylane