Scripture Reading: I Samuel 2:18-21

“Indeed the Lord visited Hannah, and she conceived and bore three sons and two daughters. And the young man Samuel grew in the presence of the Lord.” (I Samuel 2:21)

In stark contrast to Eli is Hannah. Hannah was a godly woman who trusted God. She prayed in faith for a son and promised God that she would give her son to Him if He granted her request. When he was born, she dedicated Samuel to the Lord and as a young man he ministered before the Lord. God honored Hannah’s request and granted her three more sons and two daughters. God is faithful — “The One who calls you is faithful and He will do it” (I Thessalonians 5:24).

What stands out to me in the passage is the description of Samuel — “And the your man Samuel grew in the presence of the Lord.” Samuel grew in his faith. He had been dedicated to the Lord as a child and now he faithfully “ministered before the Lord” (v. 22).

Look at the difference between Eli’s sons and Hannah’s son. Eli’s sons did not know the Lord (v. 12). But Samuel “grew in the presence of the Lord.” Hannah gave her son the name Samuel, which means “name of God,” or “offspring of God.” God would use Samuel in a great way. He became a ray of hope during the dark ages of Israel.

My greatest prayer for my children and grandchildren is that they grow in the presence of the Lord. I pray daily for their spiritual growth. I pray for each one by name and ask God to bless them and that they would be rooted and grounded in Him. I believe God answers prayers for I know that He is always faithful, even when we are not.

Heavenly Father, I lift my children and grandchildren before You today. I pray that they will grow in Your presence, that they will mature in their faith, and that they will be rooted and grounded in Your love.


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