August 5, 2017
By Francis Lira
1 Samuel 1:11-21 English Standard Version (ESV)
11 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.”
12 As she continued praying before the Lord, Eli observed her mouth. 13 Hannah was speaking in her heart; only her lips moved, and her voice was not heard. Therefore Eli took her to be a drunken woman. 14 And Eli said to her, “How long will you go on being drunk? Put your wine away from you.” 15 But Hannah answered, “No, my lord, I am a woman troubled in spirit. I have drunk neither wine nor strong drink, but I have been pouring out my soul before the Lord. 16 Do not regard your servant as a worthless woman, for all along I have been speaking out of my great anxiety and vexation.” 17 Then Eli answered, “Go in peace, and the God of Israel grant your petition that you have made to him.” 18 And she said, “Let your servant find favor in your eyes.” Then the woman went her way and ate, and her face was no longer sad.
19 They rose early in the morning and worshiped before the Lord; then they went back to their house at Ramah. And Elkanah knew Hannah his wife, and the Lord remembered her. 20 And in due time Hannah conceived and bore a son, and she called his name Samuel, for she said, “I have asked for him from the Lord.” 21 The man Elkanah and all his house went up to offer to the Lord the yearly sacrifice and to pay his vow.
A change of heart
When Hannah received the word from the high priest Eli, who was the representative for the Lord her face changed and she became joyful. Like Hannah, when we receive a word from God, we must believe and we must take action. Our heart must change. We are living in the moment of the prophetic fulfillment of South Africa. We have received a word for South Africa.
It’s not about us!
Verse 17 says, “Go in peace, and the God of Israel grant your petition that you have made to him.” It is important to understand, that Hannah couldn’t conceive a child by herself. And like Hannah, when we produce by ourselves, we cannot produce what the Lord wants to produce. So when God released the word over South Africa it wasn’t over a productive South Africa. It’s not about what an organization can produce here. It’s not about what man thinks he can do. So, the promise of God was released to Hannah and not to the other wife, who could naturally have children.
Our natural tendency is to look to our natural position. But Hannah went before God and presented her barren womb. When you present to God your impossibilities or lack of capacity, you must have a purpose. Hannah presented herself with a purpose. She said, if you’ll bless me and give me this child, I’ll give it back to you. She knew if God would give her what she was asking for it wasn’t for her, but for Him.
Worship during tough times
After she received the word, she went her way, she ate and she rejoiced, and early in the morning, she worshiped the Lord (verse 18 and 19). When we worship God during good times, it’s easy. When we worship God after we have received the fruit, it’s easy. But worship in the night, in the hard moments, is not easy. So, we can see that all these actions of Hannah were actions of faith.
By his Spirit all is possible
Our attitude is our response to God. We must know the promise, and we must know that He is powerful to fulfill the promise. He will not do it in the areas where we can do it ourselves. He will do it in the area where we know for sure, that we can’t do it ourselves. When you feel like, “I can’t do this. I don’t have any power. I don’t have the required condition”, then you are in the right position because then, God can use you. But our actions are important. Hannah’s actions must be our actions. She presented her unproductivity before God, and He used this empty place. And she believed in the Lord and His promise. It wasn’t after she gave birth to her child that she rejoiced and worshiped God. She did all this before. And then she conceived a child at just the right time.
The same is true for South Africa. The word will be fulfilled at the right time. And the time is now. But it is not about the name of a nation, or a person, or an organization. It is about His glory. Through His sons and daughters. God will use YOU. He used Hannah to give birth to Samuel. It wasn’t Hannah who ruled Israel; she wasn’t the queen of Israel. Samuel was the judge. And none of the words he spoke fell to the ground because God was with him (1 Samuel 3:19). Names are not important, but lives are important to God. Names don’t bear life. It’s not the letters in your name. It’s about the Spirit of God in your life. Don’t reject what God can do in and through you.
And be aware that the enemy will try to confuse you. Often it is through the people around you. The ones, who have the knowledge, who have power or hold a certain position. In Hannah’s life, it was the other wife. Married to the same husband, she was always around and she was fruitful and tried to discourage Hannah (1 Samuel 1:6 6 And her rival used to provoke her grievously to irritate her, because the Lord had closed her womb.)
Hold on to the truth and be obedient
It’s not about understanding – it’s about obedience. And it’s not about people – it’s about the promise. It’s about our relationship with God. YOU receive the word. Don’t think it’s nothing, that it’s not important, no, you need to receive it. Many people believe that change in South Africa is not possible. But that’s okay because we believe. We have received a word from God and we know that nothing is impossible for Him. So, whenever you hear someone say, this is not possible, then give these impossibilities to Him, because He knows very well how to work with it. So, everything people say to you that is against the truth is really only information. Information can be good or bad, real or false, true or not true. But the truth remains the truth.
It’s not about understanding – it’s about obedience. And it’s not about people – it’s about the promise. It’s about our relationship with God.
Many people, many generations have received blessings through Samuel. But for Samuel to come, it needed one Hannah; one impossibility. People are aware that there have been many prophecies over South Africa, but often they say, that nothing has happened yet and that it is impossible. They don’t receive the many words, prophecies, and signs given to this nation. They only look at the words, even hoping for more to come, while they say “but nothing is happening”. People don’t understand. The anointing is heavy, but the unbelief is great. But for me, it’s amazing. I don’t need many words. God has sent me to South Africa. Now is the time to receive and to worship Him. I believe in the promise of God, I believe in His word. And it will happen at the exact right time. And the time is now. But there is no big organization or church, it’s about people like Hannah. She wasn’t the offspring of a high priest, she wasn’t a royal princess – she was just a barren woman, who came before the Lord and He remembered her. God only needs one Hannah, one humble heart.