Daily Devotion Tuesday, June 18

Tuesday, June 18, 2013 – Psalm 133; 1 Samuel 1:21-2:11; Acts 1:15-26 and Luke 20:19-26

1 Samuel 1:21-2:11 – 23Her husband Elkanah said to her, “Do what seems best to you, wait until you have weaned him; only — may the LORD establish his word.” …. 28Therefore I have lent him to the LORD; as long as he lives, he is given to the LORD.”

2:1Hannah prayed and said,
“My heart exults in the LORD;
my strength is exalted in my God.

Hannah had prayed to the Lord that he open her womb and give her a child. Her promise to the Lord was that if God did so she would give the child back unto the Lord. Hannah did what she said she would do. To get the full picture of the account of Hannah’s gift to God read all of chapter 1 of 1 Samuel. What an act of faith. Hannah nurtured the child until the time to wean him – maybe when the child was between 3 and 4 years old. Then she gave her child unto the priest for the priest to raise him fully dedicated to God. This was truly an act of faith.

Besides Hannah’s act of faith, there are a couple of other things that stand out to me. First off what Elkanah says to Hannah.

23 Her husband Elkanah said to her, “Do what seems best to you, wait until you have weaned him; only—may the Lord establish his word.” (NRSV)

Elkanah said to his wife, “Do what you think is best. Stay home until you have weaned him. Yes! Let God complete what he has begun!” (The Message)

23 “Do what seems best to you,” her husband Elkanah told her. “Stay here until you have weaned him; only may the Lord make good his word.” (NIV)

The differences are interesting, what I pick up from these different translations of this verse is the father’s reluctance. Maybe he was concerned as to how Hannah would handle all of this? Maybe he didn’t agree with what Hannah had promised God? We can’t really tell.

What I hear in this is that Hannah’s part was in nurturing the child to the point he was weaned. God’s part was to put his spirit within the child from the time of birth, until he became a prophet of the Lord.

The other verse that stands out to me is this;

28 Therefore I have lent him to the Lord; as long as he lives, he is given to the Lord.” (NRSV)

And now I have dedicated him to God. He’s dedicated to God for life.” (The Message)

28 So now I give him to the Lord. For his whole life he will be given over to the Lord.”

I found the wording of the NRSV interesting, “lent”, “dedicated” or “given over” to the Lord. Dedicated and given over to the Lord makes more sense. Haven’t looked at the Hebrew to get a sense of what is said in the original language.

I’m pretty good at lending things to the Lord. I’m willing to loan them for his service and glory. What I’m not as good at is truly dedicating things to the Lord. I like to think I’ve dedicated my whole life to God but upon taking a close look at my life I can see how I haven’t fully dedicated my whole life to God.

Hannah gave the Lord her first born son at the young age of 4, am I willing to rededicate myself unto the full service of God? What would that look like? What would that mean?

Those are questions I’ll be asking myself through this day.

O Lord, I give thanks for Hannah’s gift unto you, her first born son. Help me rededicate my whole life to serving you; in being a good husband to Phyllis, father to Nathan and Scott, grandfather to Mackenzie and David, pastor and friend. May you complete what you began in my birth, my youth, my early adult years and now in the later years of my life. Thank you for the blessings of life, may I see them as gifts from you to be fully used to your glory. Amen.

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