STRAIGHT UP DEDICATED

African Proverb “The hand that rocks the cradle rules the nation and its destiny”.

Samuel 1:11-18

Oh, God-of-the-Angel-Armies,
If you’ll take a good, hard look at my pain,
If you’ll quit neglecting me and go into action for me
By giving me a son,
I’ll give him completely, unreservedly to you.
I’ll set him apart for a life of holy discipline.

12-14 It so happened that as she continued in prayer before God, Eli was watching her closely. Hannah was praying in her heart, silently. Her lips moved, but no sound was heard. Eli jumped to the conclusion that she was drunk. He approached her and said, “You’re drunk! How long do you plan to keep this up? Sober up, woman!”15-16 Hannah said, “Oh no, sir—please! I’m a woman hard used. I haven’t been drinking. Not a drop of wine or beer. The only thing I’ve been pouring out is my heart, pouring it out to God. Don’t for a minute think I’m a bad woman. It’s because I’m so desperately unhappy and in such pain that I’ve stayed here so long.”17 Eli answered her, “Go in peace. And may the God of Israel give you what you have asked of him.”18 “Think well of me—and pray for me!” she said, and went her way.

I. Hannah made a vow to God

II.  Hannah gave her son to God to serve God. 

1 SAMUEL 1:24 Then she took him up to Shiloh, bringing also the makings of a generous sacrificial meal—a prize bull, flour, and wine. The child was so young to be sent off! 25-26 They first butchered the bull, then brought the child to Eli.

III.  Hannah gave her son to worship God.

1:27 Hannah said, “Excuse me, sir. Would you believe that I’m the very woman who was standing before you at this very spot, praying to God? I prayed for this child, and God gave me what I asked for. And now I have dedicated him to God. He’s dedicated to God for life.”  Then and there, they worshiped God.

IV.  Hannah gave herself to God.

2:1-2 Hannah prayed: “I’m bursting with God-news! I’m walking on air.  I’m laughing at my rivals. I’m dancing my salvation.2-5 Nothing and no one is holy like God, no rock mountain like our God.”

How can you be a mother who trusts God with her children?

How can you make a commitment to lead your children to serve God?

How can you be a model and example to your children of a life spent worshipping God?

Your relationship with God through Christ fuels your trust, commitment, and life.