Sunday, 1st February 2015
Rev. Daniel Poon
January has passed and we are ready to start a new life in 2015. Many people have been asking Rev Daniel, “how to live a new life in 2015?” The answer is easy – attitude. When we have the right attitude, we can control our lives and live a new life according to the Will of God. Today Rev. Daniel took us to look at I Samuel 1:12-18, and learn the attitude we should have from Hannah’s story.
“As she kept on praying to the Lord, Eli observed her mouth. Hannah was praying in her heart, and her lips were moving but her voice was not heard. Eli thought she was drunk and said to her, “How long are you going to stay drunk? Put away your wine.” “Not so, my lord,” Hannah replied, “I am a woman who is deeply troubled. I have not been drinking wine or beer; I was pouring out my soul to the Lord. Do not take your servant for a wicked woman; I have been praying here out of my great anguish and grief.” Eli answered, “Go in peace, and may the God of Israel grant you what you have asked of him.” She said, “May your servant find favor in your eyes.” Then she went her way and ate something, and her face was no longer downcast.
1. Pray Continuously (v12)
As it says in the Scripture, Hannah did not stop praying. Prayer is so powerful, we should pray like Hannah, believe that God answers our prayers and never give up. When we pray, we should focus on God, not on people, because God is more powerful than anyone in the world.
2. Think Positively (v13-16)
Hannah was praying, but Eli the priest thought she was drunk. Eli misunderstood Hannah, but instead of feeling offended and angry, Hannah responded to Eli’s negative comments positively. She respected Eli and answered him in a good manner. We should learn from Hannah and don’t let negative thoughts stop us receiving blessings.
3. Receive Humbly (v17-18)
Hannah was misunderstood by Eli, but she was not angry, and she received Eli’s blessings. People might not know us, but God does, and it’s not up to us to judge anyone. Therefore stop trying to justify ourselves in front of people, on the other hand, we should receive the teachings God gave us through out authority, our church, our Christian fellowship, etc. We should not only listen to the teachings that please our ears, but receive humbly all teachings in our lives and learn from our past.
4. Believe Wholeheartedly (v18)
Hannah didn’t think Eli was wrongly accused her, but when Eli blessed her and sent her off in peace, she happily received and believed with all her heart. She was no longer downcast and we can see that even though her prayer was not yet answered, she knew God heard her and He will help her. Let us let go all our troubles and believe the Almighty God, who will never put us to shame!