Seek God’s Glory out of Your Great Need!

God delights in turning misfortune to good fortune, calamite into blessing and great need into abundance! In 1 Samuel 1 we read the account of a woman named Hannah. Although she and her husband had been married for many years, she remained childless. Her inability to bear a child was a source of “great anguish and grief” to her. Not only did she personally long to hold and nurture her own child, but her rival cruelly mocked and taunted her because she couldn’t bear children.

One year, while Hannah and her husband were worshiping at Shiloh, Hannah prayed a desperate prayer to God again begging him to give her a son. It’s striking that she specifically asked for a son. Furthermore, she promised that she would devote this son to the Lord and His service all his life. Meanwhile, Eli the priest saw her praying and told her, “Go in peace, and may the God of Israel grant you what you have asked of him.” (1 Samuel 1:17)

When Hannah left that day, she was no longer down-cast, but trusted that God was going to work on her behalf. And just a short time later, she became pregnant. When her child was born she named him Samuel. Hannah named him Samuel (meaning, “heard of God”) as a reminder that he was an answer to prayer from God.

Samuel went on to be a great judge, prophet and leader of Israel. He was a man who always followed and obeyed God and led Israel to do the same. Through his example and influence Samuel led Israel into righteous living through deeper relationship with God. What a tribute to God’s love and faithfulness to Hannah (and all Israel) in the midst of her great anguish, grief and affliction!

Perhaps there’s some great hurdle or need in your life through which God may be glorified. Continue to pray to Him, seek His glory and His kingdom and watch what He does to glorify Himself and bring great blessing to you and to others as you trust Him. (1 Peter 5:6-7)

©2011 Rob Fischer

1 comment

1 Jan Mitchell { 11.14.16 at 5:00 pm }

God is so big and amazing! He can turn any trial or problem situation around for His glory. We just need to trust Him. It’s been so thrilling to see God change around so many situations that looked impossible. He’s creative and awesome! I agree with this article!!! I found glorifying and praising Him during these trials keeps my focus on Him and gives me peace as He works!