Wednesday, May 16
My plan this morning was to move on to Hannah and Elkanah's faithfulness in giving Samuel to the Lord. But as I read back through the opening verses of chapter 1, God drew my attention to and impressed on my heart Hannah's changed demeanor and attitude after she poured her heart out to God. Hannah authentically shared her feelings of distress, despair and sadness with God and what took place is what I like to refer to as "the great exchange." That's when we give our worries, troubles and concerns to God, and in exchange He gives us His peace. Paul's words from Philippians 4 came to mind as I considered what took place with Hannah.
"Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus" (Phil. 4:6-7).
God is all about relationship, which means He wants to interact with us. He wants us to talk with Him and tell Him what is on our hearts. He wants to hear it ALL.
What does your typical interaction with God look like? Do you talk openly with Him about what's going on in your life--the good, the bad, your struggles, what you fear, what brings you joy, your dreams? If not, what's holding you back? What are you going to talk with God about today? Tami
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