How do you spell relief?
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.