by Dr. Charles Stanley
Saturday, May 8
InTouch Early Light Devotional
Holding On to Our Hope
1 Samuel 1:1-18
What causes us to lose hope? It could be rebellious children, our young adults wandering from the faith, or a disappointing marriage. Some of us are discouraged by a career that has turned sour or oppressive, worsening financial pressures, declining health, or singleness when we long to be married. So many issues threaten our grip on hope.
The account of Hannah's life in 1 Samuel 1 reveals the constant sorrow and trouble she endured. She is described as being without child, downhearted, continually provoked by a rival, bitter in soul, misunderstood, and accused. Yet we discover she did not lose her grasp on hope. What was her secret?
Prayer was a regular part of her life. Hannah never stopped talking things over with her heavenly Father and listening to His hopeful words. Great faith sustained her. Because of her faith, she held onto God even in bitterness of soul. By clinging to Him, she held onto her hope. She determined to persevere in prayer and faith. No matter how hard life became or how long her difficulty lasted, she continued to pray and worship God, seeking Him for the solution. She had a spirit of sacrifice. She was willing to do whatever the Lord asked in order to make her hope a reality. With that in mind, she vowed to return her firstborn to God - the child for whom she had yearned and prayed.
Do you feel your grip on hope loosening? Have you lost sight of the hope you once had? Learn Hannah's secret and practice it. Then watch hope come to life again.
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