April 30th, 2018 — IGNITE

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How come what everyone thinks matters more than what you think or what God says. I mean really… come on now. You know what I’m talking about. Everybody has an opinion, and instead of just following the lead of the Holy Spirit like we’ve done in the past, we get persuaded by that one strong person who speaks before they think. Their answer to our life’s problem seems plausible. It’s sounds valid and credible, but everything inside of us is saying something different. We feel this unction from God that’s taking us in a different direction, but one we know won’t be acceptable from the general public because it’s not the norm.

I thought of that as I starting reading 1 Samuel today. It starts off by telling us of this lady named Hannah. She couldn’t have children and though I’m not a woman, I can’t even imagine the hopeless feeling that comes with that.

Her husband had a second wife and she had no problem giving birth to a number of children. The real problem was how she treated Hannah. She actually used her gift of children as a tool to make Hannah cry and drive her into despair. (1 Samuel 1:6) This was not just a once in while taunt. This went on for year after year. Every chance she got, I’m sure she pounced and  pounded Hannah’s lack into her. But Hannah never gave up. She wasn’t going to be lured into this web of depression. She wasn’t going to be seduced into the belittlement of this other woman. She knew God. She knew God was the answer. She knew God could hear her voice.

At just the right time, as Hannah prayed, God answered her prayer and Hannah became pregnant. She gave birth to a son and named him Samuel. (1 Samuel 1:20)

After Hannah gave birth to Samuel she sang a song. In the first verse of it she says she is going to “speak boldly against her enemies” because God set her free. I want you to catch that. Hannah got back at those who belittled her not by putting it in their face… not by flaunting her newborn child at them… not by telling them how wrong they were or how mean they were. No, she praised God. She got back at her enemies by praising God for providing her heart’s desire. Here’s what she said…
“My heart exults in the LORD; My horn is exalted in the LORD, my mouth speaks boldly against my enemies, because I rejoice in Thy salvation.” (1 Samuel 2:1)

Here’s my word of encouragement for you today: As long as we rejoice in our salvation through Jesus, our enemies can never put us down. Our treasures are not here on earth. We have won no matter what happens because of our Savior. Give a shout today, praise God, and don’t worry about what your enemies are saying.

Father,
Lead me today. I’ll follow. In Jesus name I pray, Amen.

Rev. Dr. MM Marxhausen