March 27, 2017

March 27, 2017

1 SAMUEL 1-3

Focus Verse: Then they arose early in the morning and worshiped before the Lord, and returned again to their house in Ramah. And Elkanah had relations with Hannah his wife, and the Lord remembered her.
1 Samuel 1:19


Notice the order of events here. Hannah worshiped and THEN God remembered her. But don’t you dare twist this! God didn’t remember her BECAUSE she worshiped Him. Super important distinction to make right off the bat or else we will twist this into a legalist doctrine. God remembered Hannah because He is good. No other reason. His will was for Hannah to conceive a child. No other reason. It wasn’t because of Hannah’s desperation, devotion, goodness, worthiness…it was all because of His goodness. I know some dear friends who have struggled with this exact same issue and God still has yet to answer their desperate cries. Some of them may have to wait until the other side of eternity to see their desperation answered.


If that is you, if you are in a waiting season, take a page out of Hannah’s playbook: worship. Worship BEFORE God answers your prayer. Worship Him even if He never answers your prayer. We don’t worship God because He gives us everything we ask…we worship Him because of who He is.


Once we reach this posture of praise, every blessing is ours. Again, we may not see any of those blessings during our brief stay here on earth, but they will overflow for all of eternity if we cling to Him.


Keep worshiping!

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