In the fullness of time
MORNING MEDITATIONS AND FOOD FOR THOUGHT!
1 Sam. 1:2 "But Hannah had no children."
'IN THE FULLNESS OF TIME'
Hannah's story will always be remembered because she represents many of us who find ourselves in situations that are beyond our control.
Longing for something or someone and having to wait indefinitely is difficult. Praying and waiting for the answer that never seems to come, year after year, is very difficult. There are things that I have been petitioning the Lord for for over 35 years now, and the answer came a year ago. Would you believe that? In between those years of praying were trial after trial, silence after silence, but I kept praying. I kept making my request to God.
I know, I know you're thinking, "Shoot, that's too long to pray for something." There were times I almost gave up. This is what I learned about God.
God's timing is impeccable! God's timing involves things we are totally ignorant to and God's timing carries with it a ship load of blessings. I have learned about this thing called, 'IN THE FULLNESS OF TIME'. Yes, God's time is not our time. God's time will always be in association with His honor and glory.
You see, God cares about you and I in a deep, deep, deep way. We only see things from a surface view. We can't see into next year, next week or even the next hour. We don't know what's best for us like God does. God knows that if He gives you and I that thing we've been longing for, what we'll end up doing with it.
God's purposes for each of us far out weighs our mere desire. He sees the 'Big Picture'. God always keeps that in view.
Hannah had to watch Peninnah have all those babies and waved it in her face while slapping her at the same time. But God, Oh, But God, had something great in store for Hannah, even beyond what Hannah could have ever imagined. She got that baby! Her baby became a judge and a prophet in Israel. Imagine that!
All those years Hannah was barren and wanted a baby, was a good thing, but it just wasn't time yet because God was thinking about Israel and their future spiritually. Samuel's birth came just at the right time! There were a series of events that had to take place and God knew exactly when He wanted Samuel to step on to the scene.
So....if you are desirous of God's answer to that prayer you've been praying, don't give up! Just make sure what you want has spiritual benefit attached to it. Make sure that it isn't for your own selfish reasons. Make sure it is something God can sign His name to. He hears your prayers! Trust Him for His timing! There's a bigger picture concerning you! Get ready for that ship load of blessings!
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