HONOURING OUR COMMITMENTS

**7 April 2013**

HONOURING OUR COMMITMENTS

1 Samuel 1
New Living Translation (NLT)

Samuel’s Birth and Dedication
19 The entire family got up early the next morning and went to worship
the Lord once more. Then they returned home to Ramah. When Elkanah
slept with Hannah, the Lord remembered her plea, 20 and in due time
she gave birth to a son. She named him Samuel,[f

] for she said, “I asked the Lord for him.”

21 The next year Elkanah and his family went on their annual trip to
offer a sacrifice to the Lord. 22 But Hannah did not go. She told her
husband, “Wait until the boy is weaned. Then I will take him to the
Tabernacle and leave him there with the Lord permanently.[g

]”

23 “Whatever you think is best,” Elkanah agreed. “Stay here for
now, and may the Lord help you keep your promise.” So she stayed
home and nursed the boy until he was weaned.

24 When the child was weaned, Hannah took him to the Tabernacle in
Shiloh. They brought along a three-year-old bull[h

] for the sacrifice and a basket[i

] of flour and some wine. 25 After sacrificing the bull, they brought
the boy to Eli. 26 “Sir, do you remember me?” Hannah asked. “I
am the woman who stood here several years ago praying to the Lord. 27
I asked the Lord to give me this boy, and he has granted my request.
28 Now I am giving him to the Lord, and he will belong to the Lord his
whole life.” And they[j

] worshiped the Lord there.

Hannah’s story is a great testimony of God’s faithfulness when God’s
people submit to God’s will. It is also a great story of commitment,
promise and obedience.

Hannah finds herself in a place of desperation – she can’t fall
pregnant – so she calls on God and asks for a child. In return she
promises to give Him to God. He is faithful! Hannah falls pregant and
gives birth to Samuel. A few years down the line, she has still not
forgotten her promise to God, and takes him to the priest to give
Samuel back to God – just as she promised.

This testimony is a great reminder to us that relationships are about
commitment. They are about committing to something and following
through with the commitment. Hannah did this well. Us? Not always.

We tend to make promises and either go back on our word, or simply
forget our commitment – whether to God or to other people. But this is
not the way God is honoured. We need to take our example from people
like Hannah who, regardless of the cost, kept her word and honoured
her commitment.

**A CALL TO ACTION**

Is there a commitment you have yet to fulfill? There are sometimes
circumstances beyond our control that prohibit us from doing what we
said we will do. But when there are no valid reasons, we need to be
true to our word. If there is something you have committed to do – DO
IT! And, the sooner you do, the better.

**A PRAYER TO PRAY**

God thank you for your blessing over my life. Thank you for your
faithfulness. Please forgive me for any commitments I have made that I
have not fulfilled, and for not keeping my word at times. Help me to
do that which I have committed to doing. Amen.

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