May 3, 2024 – 1 Samuel 2:18-21

 May 3, 2024 – 1 Samuel 2:18-21


18  Samuel was ministering before the LORD, a boy clothed with a linen ephod.  19  And his mother used to make for him a little robe and take it to him each year when she went up with her husband to offer the yearly sacrifice.  20  Then Eli would bless Elkanah and his wife, and say, “May the LORD give you children by this woman for the petition she asked

of the LORD.” So then they would return to their home. 21  Indeed the LORD visited Hannah, and she conceived and bore three sons and two daughters. And the boy Samuel grew in the presence of the LORD.


What a contrast we see between Eli’s sons and Samuel. 


Samuel served God and the tabernacle selflessly because God was with and in him.  You may think how can a child serve God?

God does not look on acts of service done for Him as man does.  And, although Hannah gave Samuel to God, Hannah continued to love Samuel with all her heart.


And what about Hannah?  God blessed her with three additional sons and two daughters, more than she asked for. 


I have several thoughts from this brief group of scriptures. 

First, the Word says as a child, Samuel worked for the Lord. 

How are you raising your children, grandchildren, nieces and nephews to serve our Lord?  Do you lead by example?  Are you teaching them not only God’s Word, but teaching them to serve God? 


Secondly, I’m reminded that Hannah gave her child to God which sparks thoughts of a mother giving up her child for adoption out of sheer love and understanding her sacrifice will mean the difference in the life of her birth child.  Do you know a mother who has made the sacrifice to give their child for adoption?  If so, surround the mother with love and encouragement for her tremendous sacrifice.  Regardless of the situation, please pray for the child, birth mother and adoptive family.


Heavenly Father, as I read these verses I think about Hannah and the amazing love she showed for You and how thankful she was for the child You gave her.  At the time she gave Samuel up, she didn’t know if she would ever have another child, but she was so thankful she had to demonstrate her gratitude.  I have to be honest that I realize I don’t demonstrate my thankfulness in a tangible way as I should.  I tell You I’m thankful, but I don’t show You.  You do so much for me.  Much more than I even understand.  You sacrifice for me all the time, yet my thanks is luke warm at best.  Forgive me when I don’t give You the gratitude You deserve.  My entire life should be sacrificed to You for all You have done, yet I want You to give me more and more all the time.  Help me understand the extent of all You have done for me.  Help me have a grateful heart.


In Jesus’ name.





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