Most people associate a hog with food. I just came to learn that it cuts across every facet of life. How? Read on…
“The moment you wake up every morning, all your wishes and hopes for the day rush at you like wild animals, and the first job each morning consists in shoving it all back; in listening to that other voice, taking that other point of view, letting that other, larger, stronger, quieter life come flowing in.”C.S Lewis
With each morning comes new concerns, new goals, new dreams, new desires, new tasks and the list is endless. It is fair enough for me to say that every morning, if we fail to put ourselves in check, we are at risk of going on ‘autopilot’ and eventually we miss out on our main task for that day!
1 Samuel 1 highlights a woman who has painted a perfect picture and given us a perfect example of our main task. Despite and Inspite what she went through, she ran to prayer and this woman is Hannah.
Lets’see what the Bible says shall we? 1 Samuel 1:5-20 (NIV)
Whenever the day came for Elkanah to sacrifice, he would give portions of the meat to his wife Peninnah and to all her sons and daughters. But to Hannah he gave a double portion because he loved her, and the Lord had closed her womb. Because the Lord had closed Hannah’s womb, her rival kept provoking her in order to irritate her. This went on year after year. Whenever Hannah went up to the house of the Lord, her rival provoked her till she wept and would not eat. Her husband Elkanah would say to her, “Hannah, why are you weeping? Why don’t you eat? Why are you downhearted? Don’t I mean more to you than ten sons?”Once when they had finished eating and drinking in Shiloh, Hannah stood up. Now Eli the priest was sitting on his chair by the doorpost of the Lord’s house. In her deep anguish Hannah prayed to the Lord, weeping bitterly. And she made a vow, saying, “Lord Almighty, if you will only look on your servant’s misery and remember me, and not forget your servant but give her a son, then I will give him to the Lord for all the days of his life, and no razor will ever be used on his head.” As she kept on praying to the Lord, Eli observed her mouth. Hannah was praying in her heart, and her lips were moving but her voice was not heard. Eli thought she was drunk and said to her, “How long are you going to stay drunk? Put away your wine. “Not so, my lord,” Hannah replied, “I am a woman who is deeply troubled. I have not been drinking wine or beer; I was pouring out my soul to the Lord. Do not take your servant for a wicked woman; I have been praying here out of my great anguish and grief. Eli answered, “Go in peace, and may the God of Israel grant you what you have asked of him.” She said, “May your servant find favor in your eyes.” Then she went her way and ate something, and her face was no longer downcast. Early the next morning they arose and worshiped before the Lord and then went back to their home at Ramah. Elkanah made love to his wife Hannah, and the Lord remembered her. So in the course of time Hannah became pregnant and gave birth to a son. She named him Samuel, saying, “Because I asked the Lord for him.”
Hannah is a typical example of what prayer can do. It is interesting to note that even before we go any further, Hannah was surrounded by ‘wild animals’ and these were: Peninah who kept irritating and provoking her, a childless state and even lack of appetite from what she was going through. She would have decided to sit and wallow but she chose to run from these ‘wild animals’ and hide under the Pavilion of prayer. She was so fervent in her prayer that Eli thought she was drunk, at the end of the day Eli blessed her and eventually she gave birth to a son, and Samuel was his name.
The beauty of fervent prayer is the fact that much as it changes and transforms the one praying it also touches another either directly or indirectly and we see that when Eli thought Hannah was drunk. The fervent pray was effectual and it bore fruits. Samuel was an answer to that honest, fervent prayer Hannah made.
It cannot go unnoticed that despite and inspite her barrenness, Eli still gave her double portion because he loved her. This reminds me of God who sent His one and only son to come die in our stead. He overlooked our shortcomings and came to rescue us because He so loved the world. Wow!!!
Prayer. Prayer. Prayer. These are the three main things we should do before we get out of bed, talk to God and commit your day to Him. Place your desires at the palm of His hands and move on. Then you are able to listen to that Other Voice, taking His point of view, letting His life flow into your life. You will be amazed how productive your day will be.
I came across a beautiful story that I think forms the icing of today’s write-up.
“A farmer visited a city and passed by a certain restaurant. When He was served his food, he bowed his head and began to pray, thanking God for the provision of food. Some teenagers sitting nearby noticed the farmers’ prayer and shouted, ” Hey pops, back where you come from does everybody pray before they eat?” Their laughter was silenced when the farmer answered, ” No, the hogs don’t.”
Are you a hog? Am I a hog? Is it always a habit to grab the day and run without taking a moment to thank God first and foremost for the gift of the new day? Do we hog the day ahead of us, going for the good things life has to offer and forgetting the main thing? Remember, only one thing is needful…
Psalms 145:18 says, ” The Lord is near to all who call on Him, to all who call on Him in truth.”
Are you calling on Him or hogging away from Him?
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