If you are a reader and you read a good book, what do you usually do? You tell others about the book and you give it to someone else to read. I hope we all believe the Bible is a good book and I hope you share it with others. The Bible is more than a good book. It is God’s word to His people, those of the past, to us in the present and those who live in the future. The Bible is made up of 66 individual books divided into the Old Testament and New Testament.
This week I have been reading in the book of First Samuel. It begins like this, “There was a man named Elkanah who lived in Ramah. He had two wives, Hannah and Peninnah. Peninnah had children but Hannah had none. Day after day and year after year Hannah would pray for a child.
Once Hannah had gone to worship and was praying for a son. She made a promise to God that if He would give her a son, she would give the boy back to God. As she prayed the priest, Eli, heard her praying and saw her anguish and told her to go in peace and may the God of Israel grant her request.
First Samuel 1: 19-20 says Hannah and Elkanah returned home and the Lord remembered her plea and in due time she gave birth to a son and she named him Samuel. When Samuel was about three years old, Hannah kept her promise to God. She would take Samuel to live in the temple with the priest Eli and his family.
I Samuel 2: 19 says, ” As Samuel grew up, the Lord was with him and everything Samuel said proved to be reliable. There is so much more about Samuel that we can read about in both 1st and 2nd Samuel. Maybe you know him best as the one who would seek out David to be the next king after Saul.
Come Sunday and I’ll share more about his life and how God used him for his entire life. This man lived and served God because of a mother’s prayer and promise. I hope you read about Samuel for yourself.
God bless you all and “Keep Spurring.”
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