Reading through the Bible together
The shame and reproach Hannah experienced at being childless was now gone. Her prayer is a doxology. In it are thoughts from Deuteronomy and other of Moses’ writings. How is it that she had so much of God’s word in her mind? Her husband, a Levite and she must have learned the song of Moses (see Deuteronomy 31:22,30). There were those who did memorize God’s word and passed them down from generation to generation.
“Thy word have I hid in my heart that I might not sin against Thee.” Thy word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path.” This is the purpose of, “REVIVED BY HIS WORD,” that God and His word will rule in our lives.
It was just a little thing, for Hophni and Phinehas, the sons of Eli, to eat some of the sacrifice that they shouldn’t have. Soon they became comfortable in their disobedience and used their priestly office for themselves until it led to open sexual immorality and people despised the priesthood and the offerings of the Lord. Eli spoke to his sons but he should have removed them from being priests. They probably joked about, “the old man,” and continued their parties. But young Samuel kept his eyes on the Lord and grew in favor with God and men. Then the Lord sent “a man of God,” to Eli with a message of warning.
What about our lives? What about my life. Is there something which I have recognized and thought to myself, “some day I need to do something about that.” but then I go on in the same old way of doing things. We must not be like Eli, we hear and think “I ought to,” but take no action. Now, today we should get down on our knees in a prayer of repentance and surrender. If we will, the Lord will hear and forgive. He will give grace and courage that makes us to overcome. His promise is sure.