Spirit and Life Devotional is a daily publication by Pastor Chinaemerem Ibezim, senior pastor of Able Ministers Chapel, a church based in Calabar, Cross River State.
Oh, thank you, sir!’ she exclaimed. Then she went back and began to eat again, and she was no longer sad.” – 1 Samuel 1:18
Hannah was praying to the Lord, in deep anguish, crying bitterly; she wanted a child after years of barrenness. In addition to her prayers and tears, she vowed to give God her son. Eli the then high priest was watching her as she prayed, and because of how she prayed he thought that she was drunk. He said to her, “Must you come here drunk?”
“Oh no, sir!” Hannah replied. “I haven’t been drinking wine or anything stronger. But I am very discouraged, and I was pouring out my heart to the Lord. Don’t think I am a wicked woman! For I have been praying out of great anguish and sorrow.” “In that case,” Eli said, “go in peace! May the God of Israel grant the request you have asked of him.” “Oh, thank you, sir!” she exclaimed. Then she went back and began to eat again, and she was no longer sad.
Hannah had been sad for years because of her barrenness, and she was praying with tears and a bitter heart, but her mood and countenance changed immediately after Eli prophesied to her: she went back and began to eat again, and she was no longer sad!
That’s the right response to the word of God! The word of God must be received in faith, and once faith is at work different mood sets in. Doubt and sadness are not fruits of faith; faith brings excitement and joy! Hallelujah!
I receive the word of God with faith and gladness; I believe the word of God spoken to me about my situation, therefore, no more worries, fear or sadness. Amen.