This morning I want to share our sermon from yesterday's afternoon service. I was excited when I found out we were going to be studying through the book of 1 Samuel next. I love the stories of Hannah, and of Ruth especially. It's encouraging to me to read of other women who loved the Lord, who were trying to glorify Him with their lives, and to realize they were real people with very real and painful problems, yet seeing how the Lord answered prayers and took care of them. It gives me hope. Anyway the sermon on 1 Samuel 1:1-20 was a blessing and encouragement to me, definitely one I'll download and listen to again! Here are a few of my 'mental notes' from it:
"God loves to take something that is perplexed, helpless, without ability, without resources - hopeless, and in the context he begins to move to demonstrate his power his glory and to bring about good. This is the Lord's way.....wisdom and goodness. We should never be so foolish as to believe a situation is too complicated, or hard for God.
I made the mistake for a long time of believing if I was a godly Christian submitting, that I wouldn't feel pain from difficult circumstances, and thought there was something wrong with me.....realizing the truth was a freedom of sorts. I'm thankful to serve the kind of God who I can pour my heart out to, that I can know He loves me, and will be doing what is for my best and His glory.....that just as He remembered Hannah, He remembers me. He is good. I pray this will be a blessing to others as well. There's so much more to it than I shared here, so I hope you can listen!
"In God is my salvation and my glory: the rock of my strength, and my refuge, is in God. Trust in him at all times; ye people, pour out your heart before him: God is a refuge for us."