So Hannah rose up after they had eaten in Shiloh, and after they had drunk. Now Eli the priest sat upon a seat by a post of the temple of the Lord.
And she was in bitterness of soul, and prayed unto the Lord, and wept sore.
And she vowed a vow, and said, O Lord of hosts, if thou wilt indeed look on the affliction of thine handmaid, and remember me, and not forget thine handmaid, but wilt give unto thine handmaid a man child, then I will give him unto the Lord all the days of his life, and there shall no razor come upon his head.
And it came to pass, as she continued praying before the Lord, that Eli marked her mouth.
Now Hannah, she spake in her heart; only her lips moved, but her voice was not heard: therefore Eli thought she had been drunken.
And Eli said unto her, How long wilt thou be drunken? put away thy wine from thee.
And Hannah answered and said, No, my lord, I am a woman of a sorrowful spirit: I have drunk neither wine nor strong drink, but have poured out my soul before the Lord.
Count not thine handmaid for a daughter of Belial: for out of the abundance of my complaint and grief have I spoken hitherto.
Then Eli answered and said, Go in peace: and the God of Israel grant thee thy petition that thou hast asked of him.
And she said, Let thine handmaid find grace in thy sight. So the woman went her way, and did eat, and her countenance was no more sad.
And they rose up in the morning early, and worshipped before the Lord, and returned, and came to their house to Ramah: and Elkanah knew Hannah his wife; and the Lord remembered her.
Wherefore it came to pass, when the time was come about after Hannah had conceived, that she bare a son, and called his name Samuel, saying, Because I have asked him of the Lord.
– 1 Samuel 1:9-20
Let it not surprise you that this Great God that made the entire universe also has serious needs. Among the great needs, He has is that He wants to see souls saved and restored into relationship with Him. He has needs and you also have needs, if you partner with Him in meeting His needs, He also partners with you in meeting your needs. This symbiotic relationship is the basis of such scriptures as John 15:16 where Jesus said, “You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit and that your fruit should abide; so that whatever you ask the Father in my name, he may give it to you.”
In our passage today, Hannah so needed a male child that “…she was in bitterness of soul, and prayed to the LORD and wept in anguish” (1 Samuel 1:10). This was happening at a time God needed a prophet to replace the aged Prophet Eli whose sensitivity had grown dull and his children were not fit to replace him. Then Hannah made this vow and said, “O LORD of hosts, if You will indeed look on the affliction of Your maidservant and remember me, and not forget Your maidservant, but will give Your maidservant a male child, then I will give him to the LORD all the days of his life, and no razor shall come upon his head.”
By giving Hannah a male child, Hannah’s need was met and God’s need for a prophet was also met. But God did not stop there; “And the LORD visited Hannah, so that she conceived, and bare three sons and two daughters. And the child Samuel grew before the LORD” (1 Samuel 2:21). Partnering with God to do good works will pay you high dividends.
- Identify various needs of God you can meet and ask for the empowerment to tackle and accomplish them.
CONFESSION: I am a willing vessel, wholly available to You, Lord. To do your will is my heart’s desire.