Hannah’s story is a fascinating read, from the perspective of embracing and being practical where God’s Word is concerned. After Eli encouraged Hannah, her response was equally encouraging; see what she said, “Oh, thank you, sir! she exclaimed. Then she went back and began to eat again, and she was no longer sad.” Read 1 Samuel 1:18 (NIV). This is so awesome, Hannah was not only receptive, she was equally demonstrative in her faith. Hannah committed her concerns to the Lord, hence the Bible says, “And my faith in Him convinces me that He is more than able to keep all that I’ve placed in His hands safe and secure until the fullness of His appearing.” Read 2 Timothy 1:12b (TPT).
And Nehemiah continued, “Go and celebrate with a feast of rich foods and sweet drinks and share gifts of food with people who have nothing prepared. This is a sacred day before our Lord. Don’t be dejected and sad, for the joy of the Lord is your strength!” And the Levites, too, quieted the people, telling them, “Hush! Don’t weep! For this is a sacred day.” So the people went away to eat and drink at a festive meal, to share gifts of food, and to celebrate with great joy because they had heard God’s words and understood them.” Read Nehemiah 8:10-11(NLT). What was Nehemiah doing? He was reading God’s Word, they were helped to understand it, and after which he sent them away with a command “go and rejoice.”
Hannah’s demonstrative faith was an indication of her total abandonment on God and His Word which came from Eli’s mouth. And I want to add, don’t belittle any word from God or the vessel through which He might use at any particular point.
My Father in Heaven, thank You, Your Word says, “Pour out all your worries and stress upon Him and leave them there, for He always tenderly cares for you.” Read 1 Peter 5:7 (TPT).
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