July 30, Reading 1 – 1 Samuel 2

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SAA Notes

Life is never smooth and has never been smooth. Godliness gives strength in difficulties, not escape from them. What speaks to your heart and soul in Hannah’s prayer?

SJA Notes

“For the pillars of the earth are the LORD’s, and on them he has set the world.”

There is much wisdom in Hannah’s prayer, no doubt hard won and tested through tribulation.

And there is some similarity here with what we read in Job: who God is and how we view His actions, and our own reactions to His work.

Hannah knows that God makes poor and makes rich, He brings low and He exalts.

There is none holy like the Lord!

These are real truths that strongly impacted Hannah in her life, and they are to be the same for us.

Hannah was humbled before the Lord, heartfelt thanks at His blessing to her, and the deeper understanding she was given of God Almighty.

One of the first elements we need to get right in our minds, to wrestle with if our pride rises up, is what we read God says in Job,

“Where were you when I laid the foundation of the earth? Tell me, if you have understanding.”

And further,

“Have you an arm like God, and can you thunder with a voice like his?”

We do not command the morning, we did not cause the dawn to know its place. We cannot loose the cords of Orion or send forth lightnings.

The Lord does these things, He is God! Creator, sustainer and life-giver – There is none like Him!

* Gracious God Above,

You are the great Creator God – Praise You!

You are the God who gives us life, and life to the full – Praise You!

You are the one that sustains all of creation – Praise You!

Help us to know You more each day, to continue to have a clear and true understanding of You, Your power and majesty, that there is none like You.

Please write Your word on our hearts today Lord God.

Amen.

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