Read – 1 Samuel 1
Focus on verse 11
I’d always been told it is not a wise thing to attempt to make deals with God, yet I believe it occurs in various forms more often than we care to admit. The classic version is the young person who finds him or herself in a tight spot and prays the “if you get me out of this God, I’ll do anything ask…I’ll even be a missionary to Africa for the rest of my life!” Surprisingly, God at times responds by answering that prayer. What is even more surprising is when the person actually attempts to make good on the promise.
In today’s reading Hannah makes a similar vow promising God that if He will only give her a son, she will dedicate the child to a lifetime of service to God.
And she vowed a vow and said, “O Lord of hosts, if you will indeed look on the affliction of your servant and remember me and not forget your servant, but will give to your servant a son, then I will give him to the Lord all the days of his life, and no razor shall touch his head.” (v. 11)
This turns out to be one of those cases in which God does honor this request, and Hannah more surprisingly honors her end of the bargain. As a result the Lord uses Samuel to lead Israel until the people insist that they want a king like the other nations around them. Samuel then reluctantly leads the nation through the transition from theocracy to monarchy, and the rest, as they say, is history.