The Lord favored Hannah so that she conceived and gave birth to three more sons and two daughters, while young Samuel grew up in the service of the Lord.
I Samuel 2:21
Recall a time when you had to give up something or someone that was very important to you. Have you seen the Lord turn that sacrifice into an even greater blessing? Do you trust that he will?
Hannah prayed that she would conceive a son, and promised God that, when she had a son, he would be dedicated to the service of the Lord. I wonder, when the time came to drop Samuel off at the house of the Lord in Shiloh, if Hannah was reluctant to keep her promise. I can’t imagine how difficult it was for her to leave her young son under the care of the priest, Eli, knowing she would only get to see him once a year.
Has there been a time in your life when you have relinquished control and turned someone in your life or some aspect of your life over to God? When we truly let go and admit that we can’t do it on our own, there can be a great sense of loss. But we are confident that God knows what’s best for us and our loved ones, and that he can handle our problems much better than we can.
Hannah longed for a child. In response to her faithfulness, God blessed her with not just one child, but six. When God calls us to let go, he promises abundant blessings in return. We may not always be able to see the connection between the sacrifice and the blessing, or it may seem like God takes a long time getting back to us with that blessing, but we know that God will be true to his promises.