MAKE ROOM FOR YOUR BLESSING
6. The LORD gives both death and life; he brings some down to the grave but raises others up.
7. The LORD makes some poor and others rich; he brings some down and lifts others up.
8. He lifts the poor from the dust and the needy from the garbage dump. He sets them among princes, placing them in seats of honor. For all the earth is the LORD’s, and he has set the world in order.
1 Samuel 2: 6–8 NLT
Today’s Passage continues The Story of Samuel and The Song of Hannah as she Worships God for His Providence in her life, and as we look at her contribution, we can clearly hear the exultation in her words. Hannah is a happy woman, vindicated in the Blessings of The Lord.
She’d gone from degradation to celebration over the cessation of her situation. Now her elation over her change in station instigated the formation of her jubilation! Ok, sorry, I couldn’t resist. Seriously though, Hannah’s joy overflowed from her soul as she reflected and offered her Praise, and as we look over what she says, we can see why she was so overjoyed.
Hannah’s womb was dead. She couldn’t create life, and the anguish of her inability was a weight she could no longer bear. But God stepped in and answered her prayer, and the declaration of her appreciation was expressed in God’s Glorification. (Seriously, I’m done now!) And when we look at how she felt, there’s no question why she’s so relieved.
Dead womb brought to life, producing the son Hannah’d been asking God for would do it! But there is more here than what we perceive on the surface. God is in Control and takes and gives what He pleases, but sometimes He intervenes because of our passion and intensity. We can affect God’s mind and decision-making process with desperation, devotion, and perseverance.
Hannah understood the dynamic and recognized God’s undeserved Favor in her life. God didn’t have to do a thing for Hannah, but her dedication swayed Him, and He enacted a miracle. But how many do not get that privilege? How many folks suffer through the kind of indignity Hannah had and never received any relief?
Hannah appreciated the refining Hand of God retooling her circumstance and instituting peace, so she made her gratitude known. And we see from her descriptions of God’s Providence just how low she’d gotten. Hannah mentioned death, poverty, and desolation in garbage dumps, locations unbecoming for serenity. That was where her head was.
But through God’s Favor, she’d gone from the garbage dump to a place of honor because God is in Control, and He decided to rule on her behalf. He changed Hannah’s trajectory and that of Israel itself because of her faithfulness and determination, and one of the greatest men of Faith in History came through her once-barren womb.
God can change any situation, but you must show Him you’re ready for change. Transformation doesn’t occur in a vacuum. There are prerequisites to development and qualifications for progress. We can’t just say we want something and never prepare for its arrival. God accepting that poor preparation will leave us unqualified for the Blessing.
Hahhah’s desperation was her preparation. She was ready for Samuel when he arrived because she’d been anticipating a child since she got married. There was no need to get ready because she stayed ready! And that is Today’s Lesson.
Praise comes from preparation. God will not add a fresh Blessing to a polluted position; He likes order. And squandered Blessings are the height of disorder. We must make preparations for Favor, and sometimes the scrubbing process requires some discomfort. But it is through that discomfort we achieve the immaculate orderly condition God requires to fill such a pure and untainted space. If you want to see God’s Favor, make room for His answer.
Have a Wonderful Wednesday And Remember, God, Will Not Fill A Dirty Room With Immaculate Blessings!