The Seed Of Hannah

20 and in due time she gave birth to a son. She named him Samuel, for she said, “I asked the Lord for him.”
1 Samuel 1:20 (NLT)

This is another story on how God answers prayers and fulfill our desires. This was the time after the Israelites settled in their Promised Land and before the establishment of monarchy in Israel. There was a man named Elkanah. He had two wives. They were Peninnah and Hannah. Elkanah loved Hannah more but she had a problem. She had a great desire for a child but she could not have any. She was taunted by Peninnah and she was very sad. She had even been through periods of crying and refusing to eat. Hannah had a great desire to give birth. Her husband tried to comfort her by using theology.

8 “Why are you crying, Hannah?” Elkanah would ask. “Why aren’t you eating? Why be downhearted just because you have no children? You have me—isn’t that better than having ten sons?”
1 Samuel 1:8 (NLT)

Does the above sound familiar to you? This is a typical religious tactic. Elkanah was saying that it is alright not to have any children of your own because you have me. Am I not better than ten sons? Here is today’s equivalent. You may want to have a lot of money because you want to do that thing that God had placed in your heart to do. Religious people will tell you that God can still use the poor. That is theology, not engineering. What is the difference between theology and engineering?

Engineering is a process of constant improvements. If you are sick, find ways to get well. If you are poor, find ways to get rich. If you failed, find ways toward success. God himself is an engineer and the Bible is a book on engineering. God expects us to use the truths in the Bible to improve ourselves. In other words, God expects us to behave like engineers.

In contrast, theology is nothing more than finding excuse for failures. If you are sick, it may be God’s will for you to be sick. God is glorified in your sickness. God enjoys seeing you suffer. If you are poor, then God’s will for you is to be poor. Don’t ever try to get rich. God can still use the poor. God will be very angry if you try to improve yourself. Theology is a blasphemy. This is why those who are under the bondage of theology can never please God. If God is an engineer, then Satan must be a theologian.

How did Hannah respond to her husband’s theology? She ignored it. She was not an engineer by profession but she was an engineer in her mind. Since she wanted to have a child, she would do whatever she could to have one. The only option available to her was to go to the Temple to pray. When she was there, she prayed so intensely that the priest, Eli thought she was drunk. After Hannah had explained her desires to him, Eli began to understand.

17 “In that case,” Eli said, “go in peace! May the God of Israel grant the request you have asked of him.”
1 Samuel 1:17 (NLT)

Eli asked Hannah to go in peace and may the God of Israel grant the request she had asked of him. That sounds quite positive but I don’t think it was a confession. It sounds more like comforting words. Eli used the words “may the God of Israel”, which implies uncertainty. However, Hannah seemed to take it as a certainty.

18 “Oh, thank you, sir!” she exclaimed. Then she went back and began to eat again, and she was no longer sad.
1 Samuel 1:18 (NLT)

She began to rejoice. What had happened? She must have mistaken Eli’s words of comfort as a guarantee that God was going to give her a child. It was a mistake but this mistake had a positive side effect. It caused Hannah’s faith to grow. She believed she was going to have a child. As she had believed, she received one.

20 and in due time she gave birth to a son. She named him Samuel, for she said, “I asked the Lord for him.”
1 Samuel 1:20 (NLT)

There are 2 lessons here:
1. Believe and you shall receive.
2. God is capable of creating positive results from a mistake.

However, there was a problem. Earlier, when she was still barren, Hannah had promised to dedicate her child (if she had one) to the Lord. This means the child will be living permanently in the Temple and away from her. She was facing the prospect of losing the son she had longed for but she thought like an engineer, a promise is a promise. She intended to fulfill her promise and gave her son to God.

Here is another truth. Whatever we give to God, God regards it as sowing seeds. God’s law dictates that we will reap what we sow. When Hannah sowed her son to God, guess what she will reap?

21 And the Lord gave Hannah three sons and two daughters. Meanwhile, Samuel grew up in the presence of the Lord.
1 Samuel 2:21 (NLT)

She reaped another three sons and two daughters. The Law of Sowing and Reaping was workin20 and in due time she gave birth to a son. She named him Samuel, for she said, “I asked the Lord for him.”
1 Samuel 1:20 (NLT)

This is another story on how God answers prayers and fulfill our desires. This was the time after the Israelites settled in their Promised Land and before the establishment of monarchy in Israel. There was a man named Elkanah. He had two wives. They were Peninnah and Hannah. Elkanah loved Hannah more but she had a problem. She had a great desire for a child but she could not have any. She was taunted by Peninnah and she was very sad. She had even been through periods of crying and refusing to eat. Hannah had a great desire to give birth. Her husband tried to comfort her by using theology.

8 “Why are you crying, Hannah?” Elkanah would ask. “Why aren’t you eating? Why be downhearted just because you have no children? You have me—isn’t that better than having ten sons?”
1 Samuel 1:8 (NLT)

Does the above sound familiar to you? This is a typical religious tactic. Elkanah was saying that it is alright not to have any children of your own because you have me. Am I not better than ten sons? Here is today’s equivalent. You may want to have a lot of money because you want to do that thing that God had placed in your heart to do. Religious people will tell you that God can still use the poor. That is theology, not engineering. What is the difference between theology and engineering?

Engineering is a process of constant improvements. If you are sick, find ways to get well. If you are poor, find ways to get rich. If you failed, find ways toward success. God himself is an engineer and the Bible is a book on engineering. God expects us to use the truths in the Bible to improve ourselves. In other words, God expects us to behave like engineers.

In contrast, theology is nothing more than finding excuse for failures. If you are sick, it may be God’s will for you to be sick. God is glorified in your sickness. God enjoys seeing you suffer. If you are poor, then God’s will for you is to be poor. Don’t ever try to get rich. God can still use the poor. God will be very angry if you try to improve yourself. Theology is a blasphemy. This is why those who are under the bondage of theology can never please God. If God is an engineer, then Satan must be a theologian.

How did Hannah respond to her husband’s theology? She ignored it. She was not an engineer by profession but she was an engineer in her mind. Since she wanted to have a child, she would do whatever she could to have one. The only option available to her was to go to the Temple to pray. When she was there, she prayed so intensely that the priest, Eli thought she was drunk. After Hannah had explained her desires to him, Eli began to understand.

17 “In that case,” Eli said, “go in peace! May the God of Israel grant the request you have asked of him.”
1 Samuel 1:17 (NLT)

Eli asked Hannah to go in peace and may the God of Israel grant the request she had asked of him. That sounds quite positive but I don’t think it was a confession. It sounds more like comforting words. Eli used the words “may the God of Israel”, which implies uncertainty. However, Hannah seemed to take it as a certainty.

18 “Oh, thank you, sir!” she exclaimed. Then she went back and began to eat again, and she was no longer sad.
1 Samuel 1:18 (NLT)

She began to rejoice. What had happened? She must have mistaken Eli’s words of comfort as a guarantee that God was going to give her a child. It was a mistake but this mistake had a positive side effect. It caused Hannah’s faith to grow. She believed she was going to have a child. As she had believed, she received one.

20 and in due time she gave birth to a son. She named him Samuel, for she said, “I asked the Lord for him.”
1 Samuel 1:20 (NLT)

There are 2 lessons here:
1. Believe and you shall receive.
2. God is capable of creating positive results from a mistake.

However, there was a problem. Earlier, when she was still barren, Hannah had promised to dedicate her child (if she had one) to the Lord. This means the child will be living permanently in the Temple and away from her. She was facing the prospect of losing the son she had longed for but she thought like an engineer, a promise is a promise. She intended to fulfill her promise and gave her son to God.

Here is another truth. Whatever we give to God, God regards it as sowing seeds. God’s law dictates that we will reap what we sow. When Hannah sowed her son to God, guess what she will reap?

21 And the Lord gave Hannah three sons and two daughters. Meanwhile, Samuel grew up in the presence of the Lord.
1 Samuel 2:21 (NLT)

She reaped another three sons and two daughters. The Law of Sowing and Reaping was working in her life. She reaped her harvest of sons and daughters. Here is the lesson for us today. No matter what your desires are, you need to do the following:
1. Don’t give up.
2. Believe you receive.
3. Sow seeds.

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