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1 Samuel 1:3-18

All the Days of Your Life

  • Samuel Wilson
  • Weekend Messages
  • May 14, 2017

In the book of 1 Samuel, we read about Hannah, one of two wives married to Elkanah. The other wife bore him children, but Hannah did not, until one day. Ultimately, the Lord brought about an incredible blessing in His time, and Hannah true to her vow, gave him to the Lord. She named her son Samuel, which means “asked of the Lord.” How Hannah chose to respond to her deep affliction is important for us today.

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All the days of Your Life

1 Samuel 1:3-18 

IntroLetter to the Lord/Lessons in love.

Our son, Eli, will be 1 year old this coming Thursday, he has been an incredible blessing. Only the Lord could have prepared us for having a child, only the Lord could have prepared Kathy for the selfless sacrifices she has made as his mom. Truly the process of having a child we have learned, requires it all…All the days of our lives. Not just in task, but in heart. Mother’s you are a blessing, thank you!

In first Samuel chapter 1, a woman named Hannah was one of two wives married to a man named Elkanah. Each year, Elkanah would take Hannah, along with his other wife Penninah and her children to Shiloh where he would worship and sacrifice to the Lord. Peninnah had children and Hannah did not. This being the case, Penninah would taunt and provoke Hannah bitterly because she did not have children. Year after year these taunts would continue, Penninah would provoke Hannah. Hannah became distressed and made a vow to the Lord that would change her, all the days of her life.

Read: 1 Samuel 1:3-18

Ultimately, the Lord brought about an incredible blessing in His time, and Hannah true to her vow, gave him to the Lord. She named her son Samuel, which means “asked of the Lord.” How Hannah chose to respond to her deep affliction is important for us today.

I. Cast Your Cares on the Lord

  • Hannah's circumstance was very difficult to tolerate. From verse five we understand that her husband loved her much more than he loved Peninnah.
  • His obvious love only served to make matters worse, because it caused Peninnah to deliberately provoke Hannah, in order to irritate her.
  • Year after year Hannah would be reminded by this other woman that she had no child of her own.
  • When together, Hannah could anticipate that Peninnah would start in. She was a bully of sorts.

Illus. The anticipation of “red” socks.

  • Hannah must have known what was coming each year, this was difficult and overwhelming. She would weep and was not able to eat.
  • This was outside of her control, but ultimately, she knew who needed to know.

A. Head to the place of prayer

  • Hannah could easily have gone back at Penninah and torn her down because Elkanah loved her more.
  • He gave her a double portion from the sacrifice, this was obvious for all to see.
  • The assumption could even be made that it was because Hannah was barren that Elkanah took Peninnah as a second wife in order to have children. 
  • Penninah must have been quite envious of the double portion that Hannah was receiving, she made it a habit to provoke Hannah.
  • Instead of retaliating or finding ways to get back at Penninah, Hannah went to the place of prayer.
  • There is a great lesson here. Many people find themselves in a difficult dispute or in an unjust situation. Some respond by trying to hurt others with their bitter words, but Hannah did not allow herself to go there.

Illus. – Sharing a lane in track.

  • Settling a score by retaliating may seem satisfying; but it is not the way of the Lord.

Philippians 4:6-7, Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

Romans 12:18-19, If possible, so far as it depends on you, be at peace with all men. Never take your own revenge, beloved, but leave room for the wrath of God, for it is written, "Vengeance is mine, I will repay," says the Lord.

  • In our relationship with God, it is vital to understand that difficulties in our lives can be used to build up our relationship with the Lord, rather than further tearing down our relationship with another.

Illus. - Collateral damage.

  • Running to revenge will rob you from the privilege of giving your situation to the Lord.

Psalm 55:22, Castyour burden upon theLordand He will sustain you; He will never allow the righteous tobe shaken.

  • This is the place Hannah goes to, the place of prayer. With Eli the priest looking on, Hannah “prayed to the Lord and wept bitterly vs. 10.”

B. Know where your soul is satisfied.

  • Elkanah tried his best to understand and make it better, but he was not able, he thought that he could be the solution to what was causing her pain.
  • "Why do you not eat and why is your heart sad? Am I not better to you than 10 sons? vs. 8"
  • Hannah did not respond directly.
  • While marriage is an incredible union, established by God, there was a destiny in store for Hannah, her coming son was a part of purpose for which she had been created, she could not let it go.
  • In short, no, her husband was not better to her than 10 sons…Why? Because the son she was seeking was a part of Gods plan, she couldn’t let it go.
  • She had to come before the Lord, that is where her soul would be satisfied.

Psalm 62:1-2, Truly my soul finds rest in God; my salvation comes from Him. Truly He is my rock and my salvation; He is my fortress, I will never be shaken. (NIV)

  • Hannah's husband loved her very much, but there is a place in our hearts that only God can fill. God wants the first portion of your heart for him, it is ultimately a place that only He can satisfy.

II. Remain Wholly Devoted

  • Hannah made a vow to God in her prayer, that if God would look upon her affliction and remember her by giving her a son, then she would give that son to the Lord all the days of his life.
  • In Hannah’s vow to God, she wanted more than a son; she wanted to be able to give something to God that meant the most to her.
  • It is as though she was saying, "Not only is my life yours, but what my heart longs for, I give to you. I cannot be satisfied until I know that you hear my prayer, and know my heart."

Jeremiah 29:13, You will seek Me and find Me when you search for Me with all your heart.

Psalm 62:8, Trust in Him at all times, O people; pour out your heart before Him; God is a refuge for us.

  • Hannah was troubled, but in her trouble, she chose to pursue the Lord rather than run from Him. He was her refuge.
  • She remained devoted to the Lord in her place of desperation, knowing there was only one who would understand.

A. He will understand your hearts cry

  • Hannah was greatly distressed, praying, and weeping bitterly all at once. This wasn’t the ecclesiastically proper prayer she learned in Saturday school, rather, it was the dire prayer of a burdened soul longing to be heard by the Lord.
  • Eli sees her and assumes that she is drunk, why else would she be acting this way?
  • Hannah assures him that she is not, rather, she was “pouring out her soul before the Lord.” Vs. 15
  • Eli saw her praying, but God heard her heart.
  • There is one who understands your heart, your desires, your destiny.
  • He understands your position, He sees the difficulty, and He hears you.

1 John 5:14, This is the confidence which we have before Him, that, if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us.

  • Hannah had gone up to the house of the Lord year after year, there was no response.
  • Some have prayed for many things according to God’s will, wondering if He hears. 
  • There are situations whereby difficulty comes, we pray, and the difficulty doesn’t go away.
  • Though the situation did not bring about the change you were hoping, God is still at work, He still has a plan, He hears you when you call.
  • It's interesting that she is moving her lips, but there is no sound. This is a great verse to help us understand that God hears our heart when we pray.

Psalm 139:4, Even before there is a word on my tongue, behold, O Lord, You know it all.

  • The Lord heard Hannah’s heart, her barrenness and affliction brought her to a place that she might never have otherwise gone.
  • The depth in her relationship and devotion to the Lord may never have otherwise been reached.

Illus. A difficult journey.

  • Hannah understood the hand that would bring blessing and rest for her soul, it was only the Lord.

B. From Him blessings flow

  • When Eli realized that she was a sincere woman who had poured out her soul before the Lord, he answered and said, "Go in peace; and may the God of Israel grant your petition that you have asked of Him."
  • From the Scripture, we understand that her face was no longer sad. She was convinced that God heard her prayer and that she would be content to wait for the answer.
  • She had the peace that surpassed her understanding. It surpassed her situation.
  • The answer would come, in Hannah’s case she was given a son, his name would be Samuel because she had asked him of the Lord.
  • She remembered her promise, that she would give her son to the Lord, all the days of his life.
  • Hannah understood where this blessing came from and she committed this most precious blessing in her life, to the Lord. To use as he would see fit.

Illus. God also gave His Son, to us, to use as He alone would see fit.

  • God was wanting a man that would change the nation and allowed Hannah's prayers to be delayed until she was ready to trust God completely by dedicating her son to the Lord fully.
  • Samuel was trained under Eli and became one of the greatest men of God in the Old Testament.

The time Hannah would have raising her son would be uncommonly precious. Knowing each day that she would give him over to be raised in the house of God. Most realize that the “heavy lifting” of parenting ends sometime between 17 and 19 years old. Certainly, for those with small children this seems far off, yet once lived, it seems like the “blink of an eye.” Let’s choose to live each day with a heart of thankfulness for what God has given.

1 Samuel 1:3-18   NASB

3 Now this man would go up from his city yearly to worship and to sacrifice to the Lord of hosts in Shiloh. And the two sons of Eli, Hophni and Phinehas, were priests to the Lord there. 4 When the day came that Elkanah sacrificed, he would give portions to Peninnah his wife and to all her sons and her daughters; 5 but to Hannah he would give a double portion, for he loved Hannah, but the Lord had closed her womb. 6 Her rival, however, would provoke her bitterly to irritate her, because the Lord had closed her womb. 7 It happened year after year, as often as she went up to the house of the Lord, she would provoke her; so she wept and would not eat. 8 Then Elkanah her husband said to her, "Hannah, why do you weep and why do you not eat and why is your heart sad? Am I not better to you than ten sons?"

9 Then Hannah rose after eating and drinking in Shiloh. Now Eli the priest was sitting on the seat by the doorpost of the temple of the Lord. 10 She, greatly distressed, prayed to the Lord and wept bitterly. 11 She made a 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 son, then I will give him to the Lord all the days of his life, and a razor shall never come on his head."
12 Now it came about, as she continued praying before the Lord, that Eli was watching her mouth. 13 As for Hannah, she was speaking in her heart, only her lips were moving, but her voice was not heard. So Eli thought she was drunk. 14 Then Eli said to her, "How long will you make yourself drunk? Put away your wine from you." 15 But Hannah replied, "No, my lord, I am a woman oppressed in spirit; I have drunk neither wine nor strong drink, but I have poured out my soul before the Lord. 16 Do not consider your maidservant as a worthless woman, for I have spoken until now out of my great concern and provocation." 17 Then Eli answered and said, "Go in peace; and may the God of Israel grant your petition that you have asked of Him." 18 She said, "Let your maidservant find favor in your sight." So the woman went her way and ate, and her face was no longer sad.

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