HAVE A BURNING DESIRE Thursday, 30 April 2015
“So Hannah rose up after they had eaten in Shiloh, and after they had drunk. Now Eli the priest sat upon a seat by a post of the temple of the Lord. And she was in bitterness of soul, and prayed unto the Lord, and wept sore.” 1 Samuel 1:9-10 (KJV)
We are told in 1 Samuel 1 that Hannah went to Shiloh every year without an expectation and she got nothing. Her husband also gave her worthy portions every time to show his love but her situation did not change. For as long as Hannah had no desire, she had no miracle. Her story only changed the moment her expectations changed.
Beloved, Hannah’s story literally changed the moment she placed a demand on God at Shiloh. The question I like to ask is this: did she ever come to Shiloh before now; the answer is yes. Did she ever pray before now; the answer is yes. Did she ever give offerings before now; the answer is also yes. Then what made that years’ Shiloh visit different? Hannah decided to move from being a mere spectator to being a participant. The clincher is in verse 9 of that story. Look at it again. “So Hannah rose up after they had eaten in Shiloh and after they had drunk…” Every other person ate, drank and went to bed feeling good but not Hannah. She rose up and went back to God with a burning desire to have a son. Not only did she receive an answer, she came to Shiloh the next time with her miracle. God did not just give her a son, but gave her a prophet.
How strong is your desire? How desperately do you want that change in your situation? Child of God, understand that God doesn’t grant wishes but desire. The cravings of Hannah for a child drove her to her kneels. Your story cannot change until you have a burning desire. That is where it begins. I don’t know what your desires are, but be rest assured that you will testify. God will come through for you. He will change your story and put a new song in your mouth.
I am a firm believer that God’s children should be rightly positioned to make a formidable impact in their world for the kingdom. And this should always be a burning desire in our hearts. If we serve a God who is an epitome of creativity, then we cannot afford to just fold our hands and watch others lead the way. The time to use our God advantage is now, and so we must begin to strategize on how to proffer solutions to our world.
Further reading: 1 Samuel 1:1-18 Daily Bible reading: Morning-1 Kings 8-9, Evening-Luke 21:1-19