Wednesday 13th September 2017
1 Samuel 1: 24-28 (NKJV)
Now when she had weaned him, she took him up with her, with three bulls, one ephah of flour, and a skin of wine, and brought him to the house of the Lord in Shiloh. And the child was young. 25Then they slaughtered a bull, and brought the child to Eli. 26And she said, “O my lord! As your soul lives, my lord, I am the woman who stood by you here, praying to the Lord. 27For this child I prayed, and the Lord has granted me my petition which I asked of Him. 28Therefore I also have lent him to the Lord; as long as he lives he shall be lent to the Lord.” So they worshiped the Lord there.
To make a vow to God is like entering into a covenant with Him. God, a covenant-keeper, keeps His promises and expects us to keep ours. When Hannah prayed to God for a child, she made a vow (v. 11). God answered her according to her petition and gave her Samuel. Our God is ever faithful and will never fail in any covenant in which He is involved. Be assured that He will also answer your petition in Jesus name. Verses 27-28 reveal how Hannah fulfilled her vow by presenting the boy Samuel to God at Shiloh. She said: “therefore, I also have lent him to the Lord…”. She showed integrity and deep gratitude to God. It was not easy for her to release the small boy who had just been weaned from his mother. Yet she had to do so trusting that God would guide and keep him. This is expression of deep faith and trust!
All of us must learn from Hannah to fulfil any vow we make to the Lord without counting the cost involved. God also commanded His people to pay their vows and not to delay them (Eccl 5: 4). Indeed, fulfilling our vows has great reward (Ps 50: 14).
Prayer: Lord, enable me always to fulfil my vows earnestly.