“It is not by strength that one prevails…” from 1 Samuel 2
This is from Hannah’s song of praise after God gives her Samuel as a son. Hannah had been barren for years and was broken over that. She had been praying for a son, pouring out her heart and God answers her by giving her a son, Samuel. She is so grateful that she dedicates her son to God and when he is weaned she brings him to the temple to live out his life in service to the Lord. Then Hannah writes this song as a song of thanks to God. This line is near the end of the song but it struck me as I was reading it. The entire song is about how God can take the lowly, broken, and poor and do mighty things through them. It also alludes to the fact that no matter how mighty man is, God can humble him in a moment.
I feel like God has been teaching me this alot lately. A few weekends go I went to a retreat where the theme was “Be still”. That is not an easy command for me. I love to be busy, working tirelessly away. I do not enjoy being still. One of the women at the retreat was explaining that part of the meaning in the original Hebrew text was “stop constantly striving…” Stop. Constantly. Striving. I don’t know about you but that is so much of my day. Striving away like a busy hamster on a wheel. But how much am I waiting on God. How much am I just being in His presence, experiencing who He is and living out of that?
Hannah’s words are so sweet here. It is not by strength that one prevails. My strength is not going to matter at the end of the day. I can work hard, and look busy, but not actually accomplish anything. In John Jesus says, “apart from me you can do nothing” Nothing. I don’t want to be a woman who is constantly striving, but accomplishing nothing. I want to be a wife and a mom who waits on the Lord. Who doesn’t jump into her day until she has spent time with her Savior.
Holy Spirit, Today I want to be still. I choose to wait on You. I know on my own I can do nothing. I cannot prevail without you. Would you come and live through me today. Would today be new day where I live simply out of being with you.
Diving In is our online mid-week devotional. It jumps into the message from Sunday and takes us a little deeper. Take a moment to slow down from your busy day, and hear from the Holy Spirit. We re-post every week. You can follow along by clicking the +Follow button in the bottom-right corner of your screen. This week Diving In is written by Erika Thornton (Pastor Jonathan’s wife).