Then I will Give Him to the Lord

Then she made a vow and said, “O LORD of hosts, if You will indeed look on the affliction of Your maidservant and remember me, and not forget Your maidservant, but will give Your maidservant a male child, then I will give him to the LORD all the days of his life, and no razor shall come upon his head.”

1 Samuel 1:11 (NKJV)

How many times have you heard stories of people who promised God that if they made it through a situation, they would faithfully go to church? As time passed the person made it through the situation and all was well.

For a couple of weeks, the person and their family went to church. Maybe they didn’t like the pastor, the Sunday School class, or something else. However, the person found something else to occupy their time and their life moved on. Did God let this person down or did they just not care anymore?

People think that they can trick God into helping them beat the odds. If the truth is known, there is just that lack of caring in some people.

Samuel lived a full life as a priest and helped so many people, including David. It was Samuel who did the ceremony for the first King of Israel. None of this would have happened if his mother had not followed through with her promise to God.

Because Hannah did what she promised, Samuel was more than just a priest in the sight of God. God lifted Samuel to show His love for Hannah. God wanted Hannah to know how much He loved her for what she had done.

Today God wants to show His love to all, but He wants to lift those who make promises and keep them. God wants to give them more than they asked for.

Where I come from in Arkansas, a person is only as good as their word. When you make a promise, that should be your bond no matter where you live. Hannah knew that.

Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.
Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.
Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be filled.
Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy.
Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.

Matthew 5:4-8 (NKJV)

Would you believe that 7 of the Beatitudes describe Hannah and Samuel? This is what God wants us to be. If you look at all of the Beatitudes, then look at how the New Testament describes the attributes of a Christian, you will be able to see the true life of a Christian.

Our goal as Christians is to “look like Christ.” Christ has all the attributes of the Beatitudes. Then so should we.