Presents Without The Presence

This story tells us way more about God’s love and devotion to us than it does about our devotion to Him.       

Just Get It Out Of Here

If you were taken captive and placed out in the wilderness, wouldn’t you want those who claim to love you to come and get you and bring you back to where you belong?  No wonder the Lord is so willing to leave the 99 to go get the one that is lost.  He knows what it feels like to not have your loved ones seek you.         

That Dagon Temple

It would be no surprise that placing the ark of God next to this pesky idol was not a good idea, but they did it anyway.  Only after God knocked this idol to the ground twice, breaking off his hands and head, leaving only a torso behind did they start to second guess their decision.  

Always Seek Godly Council

The elders tried to bring the Lord into their mess by carrying the Ark of the Covenant to the battlefield.  What a great idea, they thought. God has been showing up regularly at the temple in the holiest of holies so let’s bring the Ark here and God will work like a magic genie.

It’s A Boy

Hannah knew she had reached the throne room of God, her spirits immediately lifted and she returned to the feast celebrations with her family.  Hannah and Elkanah really celebrated once they returned home because God remembered her and she became pregnant and gave birth to a beautiful baby boy. 

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