And Hannah prayed and said, “My heart exults in the LORD; my horn is exalted in the LORD. My mouth derides my enemies, because I rejoice in your salvation.”1 Samuel 2:1 (ESV)
Some stories take a little while to get moving. We’ve all had a friend recommend a book or a movie or tv show with something along the lines of, “It starts a little slow, but just stick with it.”
Well, I’m here to tell you that 1 Samuel is not that kind of book. From the first verse, we find ourselves right in the middle of the action. The story of Elkanah’s family is dramatic enough, but Eli’s family takes the intrigue to another level. That said, the point of the story isn’t merely to entertain us but to engage us spiritually, and while the book is named for Samuel, I think it’s fair to say that Hannah is the one at the center of these opening chapters. We see her faithfulness throughout, and we hear it in her prayer. This isn’t a pious performance. Hannah was pouring out her heart to the Lord to the point that Eli thought she was drunk. Her relationship with God was real. It was honest. Hannah prayed with a confidence that God was neither blind or deaf to the plight of the lowly and poor. She prayed to a God who was and is on the side of those who are weak, poor, and hungry. Hannah knew the Lord. She cried out to Him in her distress. She rejoiced in His salvation. It may have seemed that God’s work in her life started a little slow, but God showed Himself faithful–to Hannah and to His people.
Where are you waiting on the Lord to move?