I Samuel 2
Wednesday, 5th July 2023
Rev Daniel Xi An Poon
Chapter two started with a prayer, a worship from Hannah to respond to God who did great work in her life. She was willing to give thanks and to recognise how God responded to her prayer, she knew her joy was from God. Where does our joy come from? The things of this world or simply from God? Hannah also said that her horn was exalted by God, her strength was from God. God gives us strength, everything we have and everything we can do is from God, what is our attitude? Hannah knew her mouth was opened to the enemy, she knew she had to proclaim to the enemy so they will not longer disturbed. The lies we hear cannot control us anymore, God is our salvation, we must proclaim the truth with our mouth and we can overcome all the impossible things.
Hannah knew people’s words cannot influence her, they cannot control her, only God was her salvation and only. Nothing in this world can replace God, what is in front of us that stops us to seek God instead of relying on our own strength? Can we pray like Hannah that we will no longer speak the words of boasting? God is looking at us from above. We don’t work by our strength, the bows of the mighty men will be broken because they don’t rely on God. We can’t see the situation in our lives and we are not willing to see that we have failed, we thought we are good enough, we thought we have done enough. When we stop seeking God, when we don’t align with God, we try to control our action with our head, and we will start to grow tired. We will not see God and we cannot feel the love of God.
God has led us out of Egypt, the land of slavery, so we can rely on Him wholeheartedly. When we are in the wilderness we have nothing and that’s when we can really humble ourselves. God can turn death into life. He can revive us, in 2023, God wants us to arise and shine, in difficult times we must let go and align with God. God wants us to be uplifted, He has a great plan for us. Do not try to fight for ourselves God will speak for us, we just need to align with Him. Hannah’s prayer gives the breath of the Tree of Life but on the other hand, the high priest Eli aligned not with God but with his sons.
Eli’s sons were wicked, when the Israelites were trying to follow God’s laws, the sons of Eli were trying to manipulate these laws to benefit themselves. They despised the offering of people, and God talked to Eli. Eli didn’t do what he was appointed to do as high priest, he allowed his sons to take over and to do wicked things. Eli was not in the house of God, he didn’t not stand in his poisons. When he heard what his sons had done, he did not rebuke his sons but said it was the sins of people. Eli didn’t teach his children, he didn’t align with God and he didn’t come close to God.
God told Eli that his sons had committed great sins, but when Eli did not align with God and didn’t listen to God, then he didn’t realise how much sins his sons were committing. We must awake our spirit, when we pray in tongues, we can stir up our spirit and let the Holy Spirit guide us in prayer. We must awake our spirit, we are asleep within us, and we must let the fire in our spirit burn! We should continue to keep the fire of prayer going, don’t let it cold down, don’t let our relationship with God cold down.
Let us humble ourselves, let our prayers wake up our asleep spirit, set apart our mouth at the beginning of the day, so for the rest of the day we can speak the words of encouragement and the words of authority. Why can’t we pray it out? What is stopping to pray it out loud? Let us don’t learn from Eli. As Christian’s we are given the authority and the position as the royal priests, don’t take this for granted.
Eli was interacting with his head not his heart and not his spirit. So God spoke through a man of God. He told Eli that everything he had will pass away, and He will establish a new priest, who is after God’s heart and align with God. Don’t let our knowledge stop us aligning with God, stop us seeking first God’s kingdom and righteousness. Then the blessing of God can flow freely like the Will of Abraham.