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In the Wednesday night Bible Study we started reading in 1 Samuel. We can learn a lot from Hannah and Samuel.

I was first impressed at Hannah’s attitude after Eli spoke to her in the temple.

1 Samuel 1:17-18 Then Eli answered and said, Go in peace: and the God of Israel grant thee thy petition that thou hast asked of him. And she said, Let thine handmaid find grace in thy sight. So the woman went her way, and did eat, and her countenance was no more sad.

At the beginning of the feast Hannah wasn’t able to eat or take part in any way so great was her burden. As soon as Eli spoke to her, granting her the petition of her heart through God, her countenance was not more sad. She was content and happy even, trusting that God would give her the child of her heart. You could not have known the burden that she carried as the left for home.

I was encouraged by Hannah’s song of praise at the beginning of chapter 2. She speaks of the Lord that giveth and taketh away, the one that provides and grants blessings, the rock through all times, the all knowing one that knows just what his people need. Through her trial of wanting a child, the grief of not having one, and the joy of receiving the blessing, she never once believed that God would fail her.

The next even that stood out to me was when the Lord spoke to Samuel. At this time Samuel didn’t know the Lord personally and Eli wasn’t the best example. When the Lord began to speak to Samuel, we can tell that he was listening. He might not know what or who he heard, but he was listening and quick to respond to the call. When Eli told Samuel to answer the Lord, he wasn’t skeptical but just obeyed. In those two simple things, listening and obeying the strength of Samuel’s service to God was built.

1 Samuel 3:10 And the LORD came, and stood, and called as at other times, Samuel, Samuel. Then Samuel answered, Speak; for thy servant heareth.

As I was reading this I thought, am I always listening, waiting for the call? Are my ears open for the call of God? Do I respond right away to his call? Do I obey quickly or does he have to call several times before he gets my attention?

 

Let us learn from Hannah and Samuel:
-When we bring a petition to God, we can leave it with him and trust that he will provide for the need or desire. We don’t need to continue to be sad or bothered about the burden; we can be content and trust God.
-Listen for God’s voice and quickly follow his instructions. If we have a listening ear and an obedient heart God will strengthen us in him and our relationship will grow.

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Is Anything to Hard for God?

 It’s out of your hands
You’ve done all you can do
You’ve given God the problem
It’s no longer up to you
You’ve prayed the prayer of faith
You’re standing on God’s truth
While you’re waiting on the answer
He has a question for you

Is anything too hard for God?
Who’s got a problem
Beyond His power to solve?
Are there situations
He’s not the Master of?
Is any thing too hard for God?

Only believe
Trust His word
You’ll see
His plans are now unfolding
Performing perfectly
It’s clear how much He loves you
Look at all He’s done
For all your questions
There’s really only one

Is anything too hard for God?
Who’s got a problem
Beyond His power to solve?
Are there situations
He’s not the Master of?
Is anything too hard for God?

~The belief that we can express towards God’s power.
Jeremiah 32:17 – Ah Lord GOD! behold, thou hast made the heaven and the earth by thy great power and stretched out arm, and there is nothing too hard for thee:

~An impossible situation with man, made possible through and because of God’s plan.
Genesis 18:9-14 – And they said unto him, Where is Sarah thy wife? And he said, Behold, in the tent. And he said, I will certainly return unto thee according to the time of life; and, lo, Sarah thy wife shall have a son. And Sarah heard it in the tent door, which was behind him. Now Abraham and Sarah were old and well stricken in age; and it ceased to be with Sarah after the manner of women. Therefore Sarah laughed within herself, saying, After I am waxed old shall I have pleasure, my lord being old also? And the LORD said unto Abraham, Wherefore did Sarah laugh, saying, Shall I of a surety bear a child, which am old? Is any thing too hard for the LORD? At the time appointed I will return unto thee, according to the time of life, and Sarah shall have a son.

~Future accounts of this story, to encourage us to have faith and truly hold on to the promise that NOTHING is to hard for God.
Hebrews 11:11 – Through faith also Sara herself received strength to conceive seed, and was delivered of a child when she was past age, because she judged him faithful who had promised.

Romans 4:16 -21 – Therefore it is of faith, that it might be by grace; to the end the promise might be sure to all the seed; not to that only which is of the law, but to that also which is of the faith of Abraham; who is the father of us all, (As it is written, I have made thee a father of many nations,) before him whom he believed, even God, who quickeneth the dead, and calleth those things which be not as though they were. Who against hope believed in hope, that he might become the father of many nations, according to that which was spoken, So shall thy seed be. And being not weak in faith, he considered not his own body now dead, when he was about an hundred years old, neither yet the deadness of Sara’s womb: He staggered not at the promise of God through unbelief; but was strong in faith, giving glory to God;  And being fully persuaded that, what he had promised, he was able also to perform.

 ~Our promise to hold on to.
Luke 1:37  – For with God nothing shall be impossible.

We can rest assure on that promise, there is NOTHING in our life that is too big or hard or confusing or messy or troubling for our God to take care of. The situations that we find ourselves in are all of these things because we are human and in our human thinking these situations can overwhelm us. But remember that God doesn’t think the way we do, his power is almighty, and he has everything under control.

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