CALL TO OBEDIENCE #365
Reimar A.C. Schultze
"Be Like Hannah"
by Pastor Reimar A. C. Schultze
And she vowed a vow, and said, O LORD of hosts, if thou wilt indeed look on the affliction of thine handmaid, and remember me, and not forget thine handmaid, but wilt give unto thine handmaid a man child, then I will give him unto the LORD all the days of his life, and there shall no razor come upon his head.1 Samuel 1:11
One of the great saints in the Bible is Hannah. Obviously she was not born that way; none of us is. There's a price to pay to become saintly. Jesus paid a high price to make it possible; you have to pay a price to convert the possibility into reality in your life. In other words, your old man has to go the cross to die for you to become a saint. Hannah started out very much like most of us do. She wanted to be normal. She wanted to fit in. She wanted what others wanted.
Most of us live that way and die that way. The epitaph over our grave could well read “he or she lived a normal life.” A normal life is a cursed life. But there is a God in heaven who wants all of us out of that which is normal and mundane and into that which is sacred and supernatural. Somehow, I believe this God always looks for signs in hearts, as little as they may be, that indicate an openness to change, a desire to go beyond normal, a dissatisfaction with the status quo, a weariness to live in the natural and a hunger to live in the supernatural. In the days of Hannah, God was in desperate need of a man of God since there was a great spiritual famine in the land, as we read in 1 Sam. 3:1, And the word of the LORD was precious in those days; there was no open vision.
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God had shut up her womb. But what she thought of as evil, God meant for good. What God was trying to do was to get Hannah into that which she is born for. It is only as we become what God wants us to be that we will have enduring happiness. And again, that means God had to break Hannah's self-will. Self-will always blocks what God has for us. God has a better life for us than the boring, shallow normal that draws us with billions of others into the broad way of destruction (Matt. 7:13).
Hannah wept sore. Elkanah offered her all the loving sympathy he could muster, while the angels in heaven looked anxiously over the banister, waiting for Hannah to break down and surrender to God’s will for her life.
Are you with me? Has God shut something up, has He shut something down, or has He shut something in or out that you want for your life? Is God still looking for men and women who offer potential for sainthood? Is the harvest still plenteous and are the laborers still few? What are your attachments from which God must deliver you before you will make a difference in the world? Oh, may you, too, come at last to make a vow such as Hannah made in the
Hallelujah! Perhaps some of you need to get to your temple to do some serious meditating and praying so that God can deliver you from this dreadful uninspiring normal to lift you into the realm of the supernatural. God, who shut up Hannah's womb, now opened her womb. Hannah was now in the grip of the Almighty. Have you ever been there? If so, you never want to get out of it. Once you are accustomed to take in the invigorating, fragrant air of heaven, nothing else will satisfy anymore.
After Hannah weaned Samuel; perhaps it was a few years; she took him to the
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Oh my friends, how much God is longing for all of us to be drawn completely into the supernatural life. So the dedication was made. It was time for Hannah to leave
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In summary, there is no greater distance than man will ever travel than from the natural to the supernatural. Yet, this immense distance can be covered in a moment’s time. It took Hannah no more time than to make a vow. It takes no more time than for Jesus to touch us as we place ourselves at His feet. At once we see everything through the eyes of eternity, yea the very eyes of God whether it be man, birth, relationships, marriage, sickness, death, politics, sports, education, wealth and poverty or sin and death. Only in this light can we understand Hannah and all those of like mind and heart.