Originally Posted on: August 29, 2012
“It came to pass in the process of time that Hannah conceived and bore a son, and called his name Samuel, saying, “Because I have asked for him from the Lord.” 1 Samuel 1:20
The story of Hannah and the birth of her son, Samuel found in 1 Samuel 1:1-28 stirs up many emotions within me. Encouragement-that the Lord does hear and answers my prayers. Conviction - am I as persistent as Hannah was in my prayer life? And also, the dreadful feeling of waiting. I am however, again encouraged (isn’t that how it goes? The Word encourages your soul more than anything) that I am not the only one who finds waiting to be difficult. Whether it is waiting for a job, a home, a husband, a child, direction from the Lord or an answer– waiting is a hard thing in our society. If you are like me, I daily have to surrender my will and my tendency to want to control situations over to the Lord. I will repeat DAILY surrender. It’s hard, friends, but through a sweet word from Charles Stanley’s book I Lift Up My Soul, he uses an analogy that resonates in my soul to remind me of the reward of waiting. It is about cake– I have sweet teeth, not just one…they are all sweet!!
You’ve just finished gathering all the ingredients for baking, and you mix them together carefully in a large bowl. Then you pour the batter evenly in two round pans and slide them gently onto the oven rack. You set the timer and sit back for a while to enjoy the delicious smells coming from the kitchen.
Suppose that twenty minutes before the timer rings you decide you want to take the cake out of the oven anyway. It’s only partially baked, with gooey spots everywhere, and obviously isn’t fit for consumption.
Such a decision would be ridiculous, wouldn’t it? Yet in an interesting way that scenario parallels what we do as believers when we try to outrun God’s timing and take ourselves out of His preparation time too soon. We do not give Him time to reveal His purposes in the way He knows best.
Hannah is an inspiration in the area of spiritual patience. She knew that God was the One in charge of whether she would conceive a child, and she took her sorrows and fears to Him daily. We don’t know how long Hannah waited on the Lord. All the Bible says in 1 Samuel 1:7 is “year by year.” What a wearying process, especially with the taunts of Peninnah.
God knows what you need. Don’t give up and try to satisfy that need your own way. Wait on Him, and He will take care of you according to His goodness.
Today my prayer is that we will rest in the assurance that our Heavenly Father knows exactly what we need and when we need it. May we trust in His goodness and his sovereignty as we wait. May we learn from Hannah and take our sorrows and our fears to the only One who’s perfect love can drive those fears away.(1 John 4:18)
“Wait for the Lord; be strong and do not lose heart and wait for the Lord.” Ps. 27:14