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Incense Rising Online Stud 11

Welcome to another week of study through Incense Rising: 60 Days to Powerful Prayer (https://amountainoffaith.com/carolyns-books/ ). We hear sermons about Hannah around Mother’s Day, but today, we dive into 1 Samuel chapter 1 to become better acquainted with her.

Sorrow has filled Hannah’s heart. Despite her husband’s attempts to be extremely good to her (1 Sam. 1:8). The Elkannah family was dysfunctional. God was displeased with Elkannah marrying two wives. We learn early in Scripture that God intended marriage to be between one man and one woman at one time.

Hannah shared her husband with a woman who bore babies with ease, but Hannah was barren. She also rubbed Hannah’s nose in her ability to bear children. We all have dealt with that personality type at some time. Many of you ladies understand Hannah’s pain. The longing to be a mother loses hope with each passing month, but there is always hope with God.

What phrases in verse 10 describe Hannah’s emotional state?

Here is something refreshing we may miss as we read. Notice the providence of God in this story. At the moment, Hannah is praying, Eli is present. Not only is he there, but his attention is drawn to Hannah. Providence means God arranges a series of events to bring about His desired outcome. Miracles are usually a single supernatural event, but providence can encompass many steps.

Can you recall a miracle in your lifetime? When have you witnessed God’s providence at work?

Pay attention to Hannah’s boldness as she prays (v. 11). She not only states the fact that God will give her a child, but a male child. She vows to return her son to the Lord.

In verse 16, Hannah told Eli she had complained to God. Is complaining sinful? What about complaining to God? Does Eli’s reply in verse 17 shed any light on your thoughts? When a complaint is given to God, He can do something about it. When we share our grievances with people, they usually have no power to change the situation. Let’s look at a hypothetical situation when we can make a complaint to a store clerk and get action. You return an item to the store. Your reason for the return, your complaint, is the product’s unsatisfactory performance. The clerk gives you a refund. Does that look different than keeping the product and complaining to anyone who will listen about its unsatisfactory performance?

The Israelites were condemned for their murmuring. However, they did not take it to the Lord (Ex. 15:24, Ex. 17:3)

Job said his complaint was just (Job 6:1).

Many verses in the New Testament command us not to complain (1 Cor. 10:10, Phil. 2:14, Col. 3:13, Jude 1:16). Psalm 142:1-2 gives us an example as to how we might pray, complaining to God:

I cry out to the Lord with my voice;

With my voice to the Lord I make my supplication.

I pour out my complaint before Him;

I declare before Him my trouble.

Do you see any differences between making a complaint to God rather than running a complaint campaign?

What complaints have you taken to God recently?

What have you complained about to others?

What changes do you anticipate to make in the future?

Lord, how can we complain to You when our first thoughts bring our minds to all You have blessed us with? Many of us have complaints today. We are in pain. Physical pain. Emotional pain. Many are at the end of their rope. Help us because Only You can. In Jesus’ name, amen.


Sorrow With Hope


By Carolyn Dale Newell

But I do not want you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning those who have fallen asleep, lest you sorrow as others who have no hope.

1 Thessalonians 4:13 NKJV

My husband sits by his brother’s side, speaking words of peace and love to him. For months, Matt has been in and out of hospitals and nursing homes. Soon, his suffering will end. The hours tick by as Matt waits for angels to carry him across Jordan. Matt has fought. He was so close to a liver transplant, but it was not part of God’s plan. My husband knows that, even if he does not understand it now. He did all a brother could do for Matt.

The family will sorrow, but not like those who sorrow with no hope. Matt has assured us of his relationship with Jesus Christ. This quiet young man who loved pizza, his dog CoCo, and the dollar stores loved Jesus. When he departs this world filled with pain, he will slip into the glories of heaven. As Matt walks through the valley of the shadow of death, Jesus walks with him. It is just a shadow, just a veil to slip through. What a wondrous moment that must be when he steps out of darkness into heaven.

We have the confidence of knowing without a doubt that we will join Matt one day. Yes, we grieve, but we have that hope.

Somewhere another family weeps, but they have no hope. That is a sorrow which will never be comforted. Do you have hope? Do you know Jesus?

You can never do enough good works or give enough money to enter heaven. There is only one way, and it is Jesus. Jesus made a way when He paid the sin debt on the cross. When you genuinely trust Christ as your Lord and Savior, you will share in this hope. It’s not a “hope so” salvation, but a “know so” salvation.

God has received glory numerous times when doctors and nurses witnessed His mighty hand upon Matt. Now, Matt’s story will bring God glory each time a sinner comes to saving faith by hearing Matt’s story. We love you, Matt.

Lord Jesus,

Matt will have the joy of Your presence. We will be along shortly. Come quickly, Lord Jesus. Amen.


Copyright 2016 Carolyn Dale Newell.