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  • 2013 Apr 02

Giving It Back

today's reading.
1 Samuel 1:21-28   The man Elkanah and all his house went up to offer to the Lord the yearly sacrifice and to pay his vow...

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Hello everyone! I have the privilege of being a guest blogger today. Normally I work behind the scenes on all things Powered by 4, but I'm excited to share a few thoughts with you on 1 Samuel. So, on to today's scripture.

Stepping out in faith can be scary, nerve-wracking, thrilling, satisfying.... And that's exactly what we see in today's passage as Hannah entrusts Samuel (the son she prayed for vigilantly!) to the care of Eli the priest.

In verse 11, Hannah made a vow to God that if He gave her a son, she would give him back to the LORD. That's a bold promise...especially given how long Hannah waited for her beloved baby boy!

I don't know about you, but I was struck by the maturity of Hannah. Her desire was for her son to "appear in the presence of the LORD and dwell there forever." Wow. Do we desire that for ourselves or for those close to us?

When you receive an outpouring of God's blessing, do you hold on tightly for your own enjoyment, or do you ask God how He might want to use those blessings to further His work, meet a need, etc? 

Think about what has God entrusted to you (money, resources, skills, etc). How are you giving these blessings back to God and using them in a sacrificial way? Your sacrifice can be an act of worship -- a way to thank God for all He's given you. Meredith M.

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