By Pastor Lee Hemen
May 3, 2010
There was a certain man from Ramathaim, a Zuphite from the hill country of Ephraim, whose name was Elkanah son of Jeroham, the son of Elihu, the son of Tohu, the son of Zuph, an Ephraimite. He had two wives; one was called Hannah and the other Peninnah. Peninnah had children, but Hannah had none. (1 Samuel 1:1-2)
We can read a section of Scripture and skip right over what God desires to teach us for the day, and so it is here with this story of a young woman named Hannah. We immediately learn something about Hannah that is very vital to understanding the tremendous miracle God was going to do through her for his people. “Hannah had none.”
Hannah had no children. Why is this so important for us to understand? It shows how God can work through one person to bring about the change a nation needs. One person who has nothing, God can use. We have to pause for a moment and understand the enormity of her situation and what this means because for Hannah children would be everything. Her entire world was wrapped up in her ability to have a child, and not just any child, but a baby boy. Hannah had none because she was barren.
This is where God starts when he desires to do something great. He starts with one person who realizes they have nothing. We live in a day and age where we have everything. How can God begin to work in us when we have so much that distracts us? Perhaps we need to realize anew our utter poverty in him, because in reality we have nothing that matters to God. Nothing but ourselves, and until we come to the poverty of that situation in our faith, we will continue to look to God when in our heart of hearts we believe we need nothing from him at all. God cannot do the great things he desire with people who think they have everything.
Hannah realized she needed God because “Hannah had none,” do you. Do you realize your utter poverty before the Lord this day? Oh, dear child of the Lord until you do, God cannot do with you some great thing he desires.
Pastor Lee Hemen has been the outspoken pastor of the same church for 25 years in Vancouver, WA. He writes regularly on spirituality and conservative causes and maintains several web blogs. This article is copyrighted © 2010 by Lee Hemen and is the sole property of Lee Hemen, and may not be used unless you quote the entire article and have my permission. You now have my permission…