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Necessary Arrangements

Necessary Arrangements

07 April 2010

Today’s Reading: 1 Samuel 1-2; Psalm 66; 2 Corinthians 7

Scripture:

Up before dawn, they worshiped God and returned home to Ramah. Elkanah slept with Hannah his wife, and God began making the necessary arrangements in response to what she had asked. (1 Samuel 1:19 MSG)

Hannah prayed for a child, Eli the priest spoke a blessing over her, faith was quickened in her heart, and her outlook on life changed completely. Then upon their return to their home in Ramah, she and her husband had sex, and “God began making the necessary arrangements in response to what she had asked.” She was already pregnant in her heart – by faith. But there was a necessary act that she and her husband had to do for the pregnancy in her heart to become a child in her womb.

And then this: God began making the necessary arrangements. She had been barren. Did this mean God had to heal a defect in her reproductive organs? Was something missing and did God have to create it? We know that after she prayed and knew that God had heard, her countenance changed. She believed God would answer and began to live a creative miracle. Check out the rest of the story – Hannah went on to give birth to three more sons and two daughters!

Sometimes it takes a while for a prayer to be answered. In Hannah’s case it took nine months and a little more. Before a year was out, Hannah had conceived and given birth to a son she named Samuel, explaining, “I asked God for him.”

Sometimes God has to make some “necessary arrangements” in order to answer our prayers. We pray until we know we have contacted the heart of God and then we go on with our lives. There will be something or some things for us to do. God will make some necessary arrangements in response to what we have asked. And in due course, in the fullness of time, God will do what we have asked of him.

Prayer:

Father, I can see that you began making the necessary arrangements to answer Hannah’s prayer and she went forward with the next obvious steps. I trust that you are making the necessary arrangements to answer the prayers Jean and I have been praying to you about this season in our life. Thanks for planting in our hearts the seed of settled faith and confidence that you are on the job doing the part only you can do. Amen.

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