Many today accumulate facts. Believing it leads to eternal, everlasting truth. But the knowledge of man can never be eternal. It must conform to the cyclic nature of the universe— birth, growth then death.
Although man may be able to delay the completion of the cycle for a period of time, it eventually must run its course. This is why it is foolish and dangerous to assume that man’s knowledge endures forever.
Why is this worship of knowledge so prevalent today?
Knowledge provides a false sense of security. Establishing perimeters of predictability. Guaranteeing success if one remains within these perimeters.
Therein lays the danger!
When change occurs without warning, or a multitude of changes occur simultaneously. These artificial boundaries interfere with one’s ability to problem solve and form novel solutions. Which can be life threatening.
Desperately hanging onto the familiar. Many refuse to believe only God’s wisdom is eternal. Instead choosing to remain in a state of unbelief and ignorance.
Not the Proverbs 31 woman! Knowing the Lord’s wisdom empowers one to live a life of excellence.
She opens her mouth in skillful and godly wisdom. The teaching of kindness is on her tongue, giving counsel and instruction. Proverbs 31:26
God’s wisdom births and nourishes hope.
Israel had once again fallen into disobedience. For years priests and many believers willfully rejected the Lord’s Truth. Embracing worldly— pagan practices.
There were consequences for the Jews’ disobedience. Their army was defeated. The sacred Ark of the Covenant was captured by the Philistines. The glory of God departed from the tabernacle in Shiloh.
Thankfully, a remnant of people remained faithful during this time. Including Hannah and her family.
For more years than she cared to remember. Hannah had endured the taunts and ridicule of her husband’s other wife, Peninnah. Who had borne their husband Elkanahi children.
It happened year after year. As often as she went up to the house of the Lord, she would provoke her. So she wept and would not eat. 1 Samuel 1:7
In her deep anguish Hannah prayed to the LORD. Weeping bitterly.
And she made a vow saying. “LORD Almighty, if you will only look on your servant’s misery. And remember me. And not forget Your servant but give her a son. Then I will give him to the LORD for all the days of his life, and no razor will ever be used on his head.” 1 Samuel 1:10-11
Hannah’s prayer of sorrow and anguish touched God’s heart. Hannah became pregnant and gave birth to a son. She named him Samuel.
Hannah remained at home with Samuel until he was weaned. Not even traveling to Shiloh for the yearly worship and sacrifice.
Samuel was the apple of Hannah’s eye. Each day with him was a gift from God.
The day came to fulfill the promise Hannah had made to the Lord. What was she thinking as the family traveled to Shiloh?
Was she regretting the promise she had made to the Lord? This child who had been the answer to years of prayer, tears and heartache would no longer be hers.
Did tears well up in her eyes as she thought of life without her beloved son?
What would she miss most?
Gazing upon his angelic face as he nursed?
Feeling his soft lips on her face as he kissed her before going out to play?
Holding his tiny hands as he showed her his latest discovery or invention?
Hearing his laughter as he chased his siblings?
The, “I love you mommy,” as she tucked him into bed each night?
Even though Hannah’s heart ached at the thought of life without her dear boy. Her prayer at the temple that day was one of gratefulness, not regret. A prayer that arises from a soul made whole by the Lord’s sovereign wisdom.
My heart finds joy in the Lord. My head is lifted to the Lord. My mouth mocks my enemies.
I rejoice because You saved me. There is no one holy like the Lord. There is no one but you, O Lord. There is no Rock like our God.
Do not boast or let arrogance come out of your mouth because the Lord is a God of knowledge, and He weighs our actions. The Lord kills, and He gives life. He makes people go down to the grave, and He raises them up again.
The Lord causes poverty and grants wealth. He humbles people. He also promotes them. He raises the poor from the dust. He lifts the needy from the trash heap. In order to make them sit with nobles and even to make them inherit a glorious throne.
The pillars of the earth are the Lord’s. He has set the world on them. He safeguards the steps of His faithful ones, but wicked people are silenced in darkness. Because humans cannot succeed by their own strength.
Those who oppose the Lord are broken into pieces. He thunders at them from the heavens. The Lord judges the ends of the earth. He gives strength to His King and lifts the head of His Messiah. 1 Samuel 2:1-3 and 6-10
Hannah had no regrets that day when she left her precious son at the temple in Shiloh. She knew Samuel would be generously cared for. God would see to that.
Hannah’s hope— her faith in the Lord and His wisdom encouraged her. Reassuring her a bright future awaited both Samuel and her.
The Lord did not disappoint her. He graciously blessed Hannah with three more sons and two daughters.
Samuel honored Hannah’s sacrifice by lovingly serving the Lord all the days of his life.
Return next Tuesday to learn how God’s wisdom births and nourishes humility.
Be a VOICE in the deafening sound of sameness!