Our Reading for The Day
Each year Elkanah would travel to Shiloh to worship and sacrifice to the Lord of Heaven’s Armies at the Tabernacle. The priests of the Lord at that time were the two sons of Eli—Hophni and Phinehas. 4 On the days Elkanah presented his sacrifice, he would give portions of the meat to Peninnah and each of her children. 5 And though he loved Hannah, he would give her only one choice portion because the Lord had given her no children. 6 So Peninnah would taunt Hannah and make fun of her because the Lord had kept her from having children.
-1 Samuel 1:3-6 NLT
What This Means to Us
Unfortunately, the devil will use people to provoke us in places that are meant to provide peace for our souls. It's why so many people experience church hurt. It's always harder when you experience hurt in a place that's supposed to offer healing.
The good news is that God can use anything, even what the enemy meant to harm us. Remember, every tongue that rises against us will be condemned and no weapon formed against us will prosper (Isaiah 54:17). In our last blog, we talked about how important it is to find the quiet opportunities in God's presence when the world seems so loud and, today, we're continuing on with our journey.
It's time to pour our hearts out. After all, He's our Abba Daddy. He wants to hear what we have to say.
Last night, I sat in my prayer room (also known as my office) in the dark, and I cried. Although I'd felt a little distanced from God, I immediately became aware of His presence as my tears flowed. When was the last time you had a good cry? If you need something to help those tears flow, My Dad's Christmas Date on Netflix will definitely help. But I digress.
I cried, and I began to remember that God knows our thoughts afar off as we learn in Psalm 139. I remembered that He's close to the brokenhearted as we learn in Psalm 34:18, and I remembered that Holy Spirit is praying on my behalf as it says in Romans 8:26. I felt Him more closely nearby than I have in days and it helped. Slowly
Crying Is Good for the Soul
Crying is good for your soul. Sis, we know the God we serve. We know His capabilities, and we know that He wants the best for us, but you don't have to be strong all the time. He invites us to come to Him as little children, and sometimes that just means we need a good cry.
I know that you may be irritated, disheartened, and just plain sad, beyond your ability to be comforted. However, I want to encourage you to let those feelings push you into the Father’s arms.
I have a feeling that if Peninah really knew what fruit would be born from Hannah’s desperation, she would have closed her mouth. When we read on a little farther in 1 Samuel 1, as we will tomorrow, we realize that Hannah gave that irritation to God and trusted Him for the promise she was praying for. It's time for us to follow her example.
If The Enemy Knew
Honnneyy, if the devil knew that his words would push you to surrender it all at the Lord’s feet, I have a feeling he would have kept his mouth shut, too.
I know you’re dissatisfied, but don’t let it lead you to despair in this place. Despair is known as a hopeless state, but desperation moves you to act because you believe that it could still get better.
Let those emotions push you into desperation. Desperation produces change. Desperation refuses to be denied. We see it time and time again.
Remember the woman who appeared before the unjust judge? Remember the woman with the issue of blood? Desperation leads you to drop any and every desire to appease others or win their favor. It changes your disposition on life. It places a demand on the anointing of God through the faith You have. I dare you to turn that dissatisfaction into desperation. Today, I have enough faith to believe that we won't be denied because something happens when women fight from a desperate place.
Your Promise Is Secure
The devil may succeed in stealing our peace for a moment, but he won’t ever be successful at stealing our promises unless we forfeit them.
Second Timothy 1:6-7 tells us: "For this reason I remind you to fan into flame the gift of God, which is in you through the laying on of my hands. For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline." That means that we need to remember that we have power.
We weren't born to just take what the enemy gives out. We were born to be fruitful, multiply, fill the earth, subdue it, and have dominion as we read in Genesis 1:28. Unfortunately, that doesn't come without it's issues, it's opportunities, if you will, but thankfully, it does come.
Peninah was successful at stealing Hannah's peace for a moment, but she couldn't have Hannah's promise. When the Lord is for us, it doesn't matter who's against us.
Desperation Produces Change
That promise we're waiting for may take time (yes, even more time), but it will be worth it. It may not come in the way we expected, but it will be worth it. Get desperate enough to believe God for it. Get desperate enough to cry over it. Get desperate enough to pray about it again and again and again because desperation produces change.
It's time to go deeper, sis. Go deeper.
Dear Father, in the name of Jesus, we are desperate. We're desperate to see a change in our situation because we want to glorify You. My God, You know the issues of our hearts. You know that we don't want to idolize anything so if that's the case, strip us of it and redirect our dependency back to You. Instead, we want to see Your promises manifest themselves in our lives. The enemy has attempted to steal our peace, but we refuse to let Him have it or our promise. We choose to believe You. Your word tells us that when we delight in You, You give us the desires of our hearts. Perform Your word in our lives in Your perfect timing. We surrender it all, trusting Your Great Name, Your Wonderful Presence in our lives, and Your incredible mercy. Become our Defense as we put our trust in You. In Jesus' name, we pray, amen.
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