May 222020

“There is no Holy One like the LORD, no one besides you; there is no Rock like our God.”  (1 Samuel 2:2)

These words fall from the mouth of Hannah, a woman who’s just given up her only son (Samuel) to serve God with the priests. At the time, the priest was incompetent, confusing Hannah’s fervent prayer for drunkenness (1 Sam. 1:12–16). At the time, the priest’s sons were “scoundrels” (1 Sam. 2:12ff). But at this time, Hannah offers her son to a strong and faithful God, trusting that God would use her son to fight for justice and equity in the world. God was the Rock for Hannah during her rocky time; God was the Rock for Samuel during his rocky time; and God is our Rock now, giving us strength and stability. – rc

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