LORD, as Your Word says in Ecclesiastes 3:1, To everything there is a season, A time for every purpose under heaven:… Every purpose, Father, is in Your hands. As my life is being reshaped by Your hands, the hands of my Potter, I am Your clay to be molded into that which You have called me, have made me. I am Yours. Joyously, I am Yours.
I was thinking about Hannah today when you gifted her a child. She had vowed to give her son to You, LORD, for all the days of his life if You would only give her a son. You heard and answered her prayer; Samuel was born. Hannah kept her promise, giving her precious child back to You. Hannah and Elkanah dedicated Samuel to You and then she prayed words that truly were of her heart. I lift my heart to You, Abba Father; Your Word – 1 Samuel 2 and Ecclesiastes 3 – from my heart to Yours …
There is no one holy like You, LORD, indeed, there is no one besides You, nor is there any rock like You, my God.
The bows of the mighty are shattered, But the feeble gird on strength.
A time to break down, and a time to build up;
You, LORD, kill and make alive; You bring down to Sheol and raise up.
A time to be born, and a time to die; A time to plant, and a time to pluck what is planted; A time to kill, And a time to heal;
You make poor and rich; You bring low, and You also exalt. You raise the poor from the dust, lift the needy from the ash heap to make them sit with nobles, and inherit a seat of honor;
A time to gain, and a time to lose; A time to keep, and a time to throw away;
For the pillars of the earth are Yours, LORD, and You set the world on them.
You keep the feet of Your godly ones, but the wicked ones are silenced in darkness; For not by might shall a man prevail.
To everything there is a season, A time for every purpose under heaven:…
LORD, as Hannah began her prayer, I respond in her beautiful way…
My heart exults in You, my LORD; … Because I rejoice in Your salvation.
For You bless me and adorn me in Your Presence, in Your Love, in Your very Name. You have made everything beautiful in its time. Also You have put eternity in my heart, except that no one can find out the work that You do from beginning to end.
I know that whatever You do, It shall be forever.
Nothing can be added to it, And nothing taken from it.
You do it, that men should fear before You.
Abba, set me on Your potter’s wheel. Mold me and make me into Your daughter of obedience, into Your child of lovingkindness, into a life filled with hope and a future. I know I have the Living Waters and the Bread of Life in me for I have asked for forgiveness and know that Your Son was resurrected from the dead. You gave Your Son for me and I am ever so grateful. Oh, Father, I love You so. The words, “I don’t want to disappoint You” are on the tip of my tongue. I also know that I must constantly seek Your face and be on my face before You. I am teachable yet. Hopefully for always. As Hannah gave Samuel to You for all of his life, I give me for the rest of my life. Thank You for loving me, LORD. I pray in Your Son’s Holy Name. Amen.
Photo: Jay Raney
Scripture: Ecclesiastes 3:1, 1 Samuel 2:2, 4, Ecclesiates 3:3b, 1 Samuel 2:6, Ecclesiastes 3:2-3a, 1 Samuel 2:7-8a, Ecclesiastes 3:6, 1 Samuel 2:8b-9, Ecclesiastes 3:1, 1 Samuel 2:1, Ecclesiates 3:11, 14