It’s all His!
Verse for Today: Monday, August 05, 2013
1 Samuel 1:20 – She named her son Samuel, saying, “Because I asked the Lord for him.”
We serve a God who gives us according to our needs so that His name will be glorified through it all. He gives us the right desires and prompts us through His Spirit to ask Him to give it to us. Thus God enables us to pray for the emerging needs in our lives. But He will give it to us only at His time. So He expects us to keep praying and depending on Him for our needs. Hannah made a vow to God that she will give God’s gift back to Him once she receives it. Hannah had no doubt in her mind that when God gives her a gift, it still belonged to the Giver. She wanted God to remove her resentment at home and prove to others around her that God would give her the desire of her heart. But Hannah was not selfish and possessive about the gift she believed God would give her at the right time. He poured her heart out before God and continually asked for it. She was relentless about her deep desire in her heart and believed that her God would be sufficient to give her the deepest need of her heart. Ultimately when God gave her the desire of her heart, she linked her son’s name with God. She reminded him and others that he was received from the Lord. Hannah gave the son back to God for His service all his life without any hesitation. Today we work with the God of Hannah who is committed to giving us the desires of our heart if our desires are pleasing to Him. When we are His, He wants all that happens in our lives also to be His. Our God wants us to have only that which He gives us and not what the world offers. What God gives us is divine with an eternal legacy whereas what the world gives is temporary.
Hello friend, have you been praying for your various needs and wonder whether these are what God wants in your life? Do you have anything in your life today that is not given to you by God? Perhaps the world would have given you many glittering things to lure you into its vanity. It is also possible that you would have secured a few things out of your intelligent and shrewd smart moves. But your God wants you to have only those things that He is pleased to give you. He knows all your needs and will give it you at His time so that all you have will be His gifts to you according to His will and pleasure. He proved to Hannah that she couldn’t have the desire of her heart fulfilled in her own capacity and smartness. As her dependence on God increased and as she demonstrated it through prayer of importunity, God blessed her with the desire of her heart. But God gave far more than she ever asked for or expected. Today God wants us to be totally dependent on Him and give our desires to Him so that our life would be a platform for Him to bless us with His gifts. All that Hannah had were God’s gifts to her and it was far more than what she asked of the Lord. God wants us to reach such a stage of dependence on Him and receive all that we need from Him. Then we, along with all that we have will belong to our God just as the case of Hannah. That is when we will be able to say that we are truly His and He is ours to possess, enjoy and worship.
Psalms 23:1 – The Lord is my Shepherd, I shall not be in want.
Thought for Today
The heart tuned to God will depend totally on Him for every need at all times and will receive it at His best time.
Prayer for Today
Lord: Help me to confidently say that I have nothing in my life other than what You have given me. Amen!