A Lasting Commitment

Scripture: 1 Samuel


28 Therefore I have lent him to the Lord. As long as he lives, he is lent to the Lord.” And he worshiped the Lord there.


Hannah had been unable to bear children, but one year at the Tabernacle she poured her heart out to God, promising to give her son to God if God would give her a son. Her prayer was blessed, although clumsily, by Eli the priest.

Now, having weaned Samuel, Hannah brought him to the tabernacle to serve the Lord all the days of his life. Surely, Samuel did not understand much what was happening, yet he followed his mother’s wishes and was mightily used of God throughout his life.


We don’t know anything about Peninnah’s children, what impact they made or even if they served God. But we do know about Samuel. Some might be afraid to make such a high commitment to God like Hannah did, but her example shows that it was worthwhile.


Heavenly Father, only what is done for you will last. May my life be a sacrifice of praise and service for you. I pray this in Jesus’ name, Amen.

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