February 3, 2016

How do you spell relief?

Passage: 1 Samuel 2:8
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Introduction

As we live day by day with uncertainty, how do we keep our faith? How do we stay positive when there is so much pain and suffering all around us? So many of us are looking for answers; they want to have hope in a future. But with each event that takes a life, with each unexplained storm, with each report of the economy we find ourselves fearful of what the future brings.

Hannah had been suffering a long time; she had been talked about, ridiculed,laughed at, teased and made to feel less than a women by her peers. She was an outcast and did not know if she would ever conceive and bear a son for her husband. But now she has a son and the hope and prayers she put in God, manifested itself in this infant boy. But how did she spell relief?

She looks beyond the gift, and praises the Giver. She rejoiced in the salvation of the Lord, and in expectation of His coming, who is the whole salvation of his people. The strong are soon weakened, and the weak are soon strengthened, when God pleases. Are we poor? God made us poor, which is a good reason why we should be content, and make up our minds to our condition. Are we rich? God made us rich, which is a good reason why we should be thankful, and serve him cheerfully, and do good with the abundance he gives us. He respects not man's wisdom or fancied excellences, but chooses those whom the world accounts foolish, teaching them to feel their guilt, and to value his free and precious salvation.

This prophecy looks to the kingdom of Christ, that kingdom of grace, of which Hannah speaks, after having spoken largely of the kingdom of providence. And here is the first time that we meet with the name MESSIAH, or his Anointed. The subjects of Christ's kingdom will be safe, and the enemies of it will be ruined; for the Anointed, the Lord Christ, is able to save, and to destroy.

Wait for Jesus

Gen 49:18 I wait in hope for you salvation, God

 

Rejoice in what God is going to do

If you want joy you have to think and believe that God is going to give you joy. You are what you think you are; the reason why people attract the wrong thing is because they feel they have to settle for less. Just like a women asking the question why are men dogs. It’s not that all men are dogs; it’s just that some women attract nothing but dogs because they keep giving away the gravy train. If you feed a dog what he wants he will continue to come back.  Hannah did not go out to try and make it happen she trusted and prayed for God to deliver what she asked.

 

Fear makes you loss Hope

Getting relief requires us to deal with the fear in our lives. When everything is going well people tend to

Negative emotions, grief is "evil of heart" (Neh. 2:2; RSV "sadness of heart"). David's regret or bad conscience at cutting Saul's garment is expressed as "his heart struck him" (1 Samuel 24:6; cf. 2 Samuel 24:10). God's regret at creating man is centered in God's heart (Genesis 6:6). The broken heart accompanies being oppressed (Psalm 34:18 [H 19]). Contempt (2 Samuel 6:16), envy (Proverbs 23:17), and anger (Proverbs 19:3) are all functions of the heart.

 

Fear is expressed as the heart going out or leaving. To remove courage is to hinder the heart (Numbers 32:7, 9). Fear occurs when the heart "deserts" its owner (Psalm 40:12 [H 13]; KJV, "fails") or "melts" (Joshua 14:7). Trembling of heart may represent emotions ranging from the complete demoralization of God's people under judgment (Deut. 28:65; cf. 1 Samuel 28:5) to Eli's anxiety over the welfare of the ark of God (1 Samuel 4:13). On the other hand the "heart of a lion" speaks of courage (2 Samuel 17:10).

Pray and praise him

This beautiful song was Hannah’s tribute of thanks for God’s goodness in answering her prayer. When God answers your prayer you should come in with praise on your lips. Thanks giving in your heart, Hannah was thankful what God had given her.  He answered her long awaited prayer of a son, when Hannah received Samuel she did not take it for herself but she gave it back to God.

We need to learn how to praise the Lord for what he has done. We need to thank him for his many answered prayers.

Closing

Hannah’s heart rejoiced, not in Samuel, but in the Lord. She looks beyond the gift and looks at the giver.  Roman’s 8 and 28 tells us that all things work together for good for those who love the Lord and are called according to his purpose. She rejoiced in the salvation of the Lord., and in expectation of His coming.