4. We can reassure others that God hears and responds.
Deep down, we know that, when we trust God, He will help us. It helps, however, to get reassurance that God hears us and will respond.
The book of 1 Samuel opens with the story of Hannah, who was “deeply distressed” about being barren and often provoked by her husband’s other wife, who had borne children. One day when she was near the temple, Hannah, while weeping bitterly, said a silent prayer to God in which she promised that if God gave her a son, she would dedicate him to God’s service.
Seeing her lips moving but hearing no sound, Eli the priest confronted Hannah and accused her of being drunk. Hannah answered that she was not drunk but had been pouring out her soul to God, speaking out of her “great anxiety and vexation”. Eli believed her. Not knowing her prayer request, he said, “Go in peace, and the God of Israel grant your petition that you have made to him”.
The brief exchange with Eli caused Hannah to trust that God heard her prayer and would respond. God had, and God did, giving Hannah a son, whom she named Samuel, which sounds like the Hebrew for “God has heard.” Hannah kept her promise and brought Samuel to Eli to serve God all of his life.
Sometimes, when we’re not sure that God has heard us, it is good for us to get reassurance from another believer. And sometimes we need to offer that reassurance to someone else.
This article contains excerpts from Daily Strength for Men, a year-long devotional written by Chris Bolinger and published by BroadStreet Publishing. Reprinted with permission
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