Hannah: The Starting Point Of Faith

In the following chapters the focus begins to shift to the house of Eli, the ark, and eventually Saul. The brief focus on Hannah closes with a prayer starting in chapter 2.

It begins very much like a psalm, praising the LORD and his works. It flows in and around his attributes describing him as the rock, as the provider, as the just judge, and as the highest power. It is all very poetic and celebratory until the end. The tone changes, becoming dark and heavy. 
Here we see something very unexpected if you had read this apart from reading judges and Ruth. God uses Hannah, a woman, as a prophetess. In these two short verses, Hannah elegantly and candidly summarizes the rest of the book. (2:9b-10)

It is not by strength that one prevails; those who oppose the LORD will be broken. The Most High will thunder from heaven; the LORD will judge the ends of the earth. He will give strength to his king and exalt the horn of his anointed.

It is not by strength – whether you are sons of the high priest, or the anointed king of Israel, your power will always be subject to the LORD, for there is no authority apart from God (Rom 13:1). 
As you continue to read through 1 Samuel you will see the mighty brought low time and time again. You will see those who received so much from God reject their calling, because they believe what they have rightfully belongs to them. They fall into sin as a result, immorality and many other faults; but their first and greatest error remains that they kept what the LORD gave them to give.
He will give strength to his king – Here we will see the beauty of humility, and again what the LORD can do when you are surrendered to Him.
Just as Hannah was. No position is too low, no person is too small, no gift too insignificant. Our God is the God of the impossible. All he asks is of you is to believe with faith and to obey by acting according to that faith. 
And this is how the story of Samuel begins.

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