5 Minute Friday: Hannah’s Trust

February 10, 2012 in Five Minute Friday


On Fridays I link up with Gypsy Mama. She gives us a word and we just write without worrying if it’s just right or not. Won’t you join us? The word for today is TRUST. 
Hannah trusted God. You can find the story of Hannah and Eli and Samuel in 1 Samuel, chapters 1-3. Hannah’s heart was grieved because she did not have a child. She took her brokenness to the Lord and wept before him. And then she trusted Him. She left in peace, despite the initial mockery of Eli, the priest. TRUST. 
But the trust gets deeper, deeper than I have gone yet. God does give Hannah a child, a boy, named Samuel. And when Hannah weans Samuel she give him to the Lord. Literally she take Samuel to Eli the priest and leaves him with Eli in the temple of the Lord to grow up. She visits him at least once a year. Can you imagine? TRUST. 
Even if you can imagine giving up daily interaction with your child in such a circumstance, have you ever thought about the character of Eli? He had two grown sons, wicked men who committed public sins of greed and sexual immortality. My quick-to-judge heart always assumes that men like Eli’s sons had parents who didn’t do their job. This isn’t necessarily true. But would you want to leave your child with Eli, knowing what his grown sons were like? TRUST.
Hannah trusted. God was faithful. He gave her more sons.  Scripture doesn’t say Samuel grew up with Eli. It says he grew up before the Lord, growing in favor before both the Lord and men. He grew before the Lord. 
No matter what circumstances you are in, let your children grow before the Lord. 
Lord, help me to trust. 
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aseedinspired.com February 10, 2012 at 1:44 pm

Wow I never thought of that.
good post.
T

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caffeineepiphanies February 10, 2012 at 2:04 pm

Very good insight. What an incredible amount of trust for a mother. I don’t know if I could have taken Hannah’s steps. “Lord, help me trust.” Ditto to that. Nice meeting you via the thegypsymama. Thanks for posting. Mary

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Caroline February 10, 2012 at 3:15 pm

Hannah’s story of trust and commitment always inspires (and convicts) me. Good point with how Eli’s sons were!

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Positively Alene February 11, 2012 at 4:17 am

Love this post as Hannah is a favorite of mine. I love how she was so passionate in prayer for her son-to-be that others didn’t get her, even Eli thought she was drunk. I want to be that passionate where others don’t understand and yet the Lord hears my prayers. To live like that I need TRUST. Blessings sweet friend.

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charinabrooks February 11, 2012 at 1:14 pm

Trusting and growing with the Lord!

Beautiful post. Blessings!

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Kerri (a simple princess) February 11, 2012 at 6:47 pm

Great post! To have trust like Hannah!

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Katie February 11, 2012 at 8:05 pm

The story of Hannah is so convicting. She begged God for a child, then she gave Samuel back to God. She is a beautiful example of real trust. Thank you for sharing!

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Laura February 12, 2012 at 2:21 am

Thank you ladies. My favorite part of 5-minute Friday is the encouragment…both given and received.

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Ashley @ Missionary Moms February 13, 2012 at 7:40 am

Hi Laura! I just wanted to stop by and say thank you so much for your comment awhile back that inspired me to read “The Hiding Place!” I just put up a little post on the very portion that you shared about. God has used it so practically in my life in the past couple of weeks. I don’t think I would have thought to pick the book up had it not been for your comment. Thank you!

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