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by Bob and Debby Gass

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‘The Lord…closed her womb.’ 1 Samuel 1:5 NKJV

Sometimes the door will open only when you understand why it was shut in the first place. Consider the story of Hannah. She wanted a son but God wanted a prophet. When she prayed, ‘If You…give me a son, I will give him back to You all his life…’ (1 Samuel 1:11 NCV), God not only gave her Samuel, but also six more children (1 Samuel 2:5). When you pray for a harvest God will ask you to sow a seed. That seed may be something you love and want to cling to; but don’t-rather, surrender it to God. Hannah discovered she couldn’t be satisfied with less than God’s will. Elkanah had two wives, but he loved Hannah the most and granted her ‘a double portion’ of his possessions (1 Samuel 1:5). But when you’re not doing what you know God has truly called you to do, the love of people and material things won’t satisfy you. ‘Ordained’ people are not just those in pulpits! Hannah was ordained to be a mother. You may be ordained to be a secretary, a landscape gardener or a teacher. Find whatever God’s called you to do, and do it! Finally, Hannah’s desperation led her to her destiny: ‘The Lord…closed her womb.’ Why? To get Hannah’s attention, to draw her closer to Himself. Hard times cause us to re-examine our lives and seek God as never before. Our emphasis changes from ‘Lord, here’s what I want’ to ‘Lord, what do You want?’ Then He blesses us, because ‘…He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.’ (Hebrews 11:6 NKJV)


SoulFood: Ex 20:8-11, Ex 16:1-31, Luke 13:10-17

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