// We’re overtaken by the beat of Your heart. As You break our boxes and You shatter the dark. //

How We Love You: Lindy Conant & the Circuit Riders

He cares for your deepest hurts.

Welcome, Chasers!!

We learned something about consecration in Faith Walker. That there is going to be a process. It’s not always easy. It takes faith to step out of the boat to do the things you thought impossible. This week I want to start by giving you an example of that type consecration.

The reading for this post will be 1 Samuel 1, 2. This will be a general paraphrased recap, so I encourage you to read these passages for yourself. I pray as you read, you’ll have your own revelation of the word.

So we begin with a man named Elkanah. At this time he had two wives he cared for, Peninnah & Hannah. Peninnah was with many children, while Hannah remained barren. During this time of history, women who remained barren were considered as less. There was no way to carry on a lineage or family name. The yearly sacrifice Elkanah gave portion for Peninnah & her kids. Then for Hannah Elkanah gave double.

“But to Hannah he would give a double portion, for he loved Hannah, although the LORD had closed her womb. And her rival also provoked her severely, to make her miserable, because the LORD had closed her womb.”

‭‭I Samuel‬ ‭1:5-6‬ ‭NKJV

This may describe the state of persecution you feel. That because of what you’re going through, others have to have their input. Poking and prodding your insecurity. It was hard for Hannah. The word especially calls out how deep the provoking was, severely, & why. Because even though Peninnah could give Elkanah what most men desired at the time. Elkanah chose Hannah. Peninnah was hurt too. Hurt people, hurt people.

You see there are two sides of consecration. It’s called a self-check. You first have to clear away everything. Get alone. Then begin talking to God. We think because He is all knowing He already knows. But God still wants to know everything going on in your life.

For those who have kids or have a kid in their life regardless of relationship, I have this statement to help better convey this picture. If that kid goes with their routine. Getting up, playing, eating, napping, playing, eating, etc.

You being the supervisor of the child’s care know everything they did. Do you not? At the end of the day, you may ask “how was your day?” Then the kid gives a recap?

Even though you know what they did. Why did you ask? Maybe because you love them and love to hear how they perceived the day? What did they see? What did they hear? I bet they can even be thankful for something you did.

The same is our response to God. He plans and sets paths for us to take. To places of victory. He wants a relationship with you. He is invested in hearing ALL about you. Your joys, your worries, your indifference. He cares because you care.

With the things that bother you, He’s ready to take those off your hands so you can be at peace. Don’t stop talking. That’s exactly what Hannah did. She never stopped talking to God. Year after year.

“And she was in bitterness of soul, and prayed to the LORD and wept in anguish.”

‭‭I Samuel‬ ‭1:10‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

She released her deepest hurts to God. She was not afraid to let it all out. God is big enough to take all you hurt, all of your rage, all of your pain. Have you ever had a good ugly cry? I feel this is what Hannah was releasing. But she couldn’t even bring a voice to her words. She could only move her mouth. Eli the priest, thought her to be intoxicated for this.

“But Hannah answered and said, “No, my lord, I am a woman of sorrowful spirit. I have drunk neither wine nor intoxicating drink, but have poured out my soul before the LORD.”

‭‭I Samuel‬ ‭1:15‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

Then the second side of this consecrating thing is listening. While we can talk and talk and talk. It’s good to pause and wait for a response. If you’re too busy monologuing (a one-sided conversation) then there is no room for anyone, especially God to answer your question.

Breathe. Listen.

“Then Eli answered and said, “Go in peace, and the God of Israel grant your petition which you have asked of Him.”

‭‭I Samuel‬ ‭1:17‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

That request was a child. So it was promised, so it birthed forth. Hannah gained her deepest desire for a child. But she didn’t want just a child, she wanted a child to be used by the Lord. She had to set herself apart from what other mothers did at the time of pregnancy. To birth something that can change the world, you first must set yourself apart.

Next week, there is another example of setting ourselves apart to give birth to something that would change the world.

If you’ve found this enjoyable, please like, & share! If you’ve got a testimony of how these posts are transforming your life, we’d love to hear that too! Until next time, peace & blessings!!