Introduction: During the time of Judges, there lived a good woman by the name of Hannah. She was married to Elkanah, but Elkanah had another wife named Peninnah. While God did not want men to have more than one wife, this is how many people lived in the Old Testament. Peninnah was able to have many children, but Hannah was not able to have any children. This made Hannah sad, especially because Peninnah often made fun of Hannah and was cruel to her.
Read 1 Samuel 1:9-11
Devotional: Even though Hannah was sad that she had no children, she continued to trust God. In her deep sadness one day, she prayed to God and asked that He might give her a son. She also told God that if she ever had a son, then she would dedicate him to serving the Lord. Hannah would give birth to a son. She named him Samuel.
Hannah never forgot the promise that she made to God. When Samuel was still a young boy, she presented him to the priest Eli so that Samuel could grow up and serve in Israel’s special place of worship.
Read 1 Samuel 1:26-28 & 1 Samuel 2:26
As Samuel grows up, he learns more about God, how to serve Him, and how to treat other people. The statement made about Samuel in 1 Samuel 2:26 is also made about Jesus when He was a boy in Luke 2:52. Samuel would grow up to be a very important person for the people of Israel. He would be the one to lead Israel from the time of judges to the time of kings, and he continued to serve during the reign of Saul, Israel’s first king. When Saul showed himself to be an ungodly leader, God called upon Samuel to anoint a leader with God’s heart - David.
Samuel’s life was one of faithful service to the Lord. It all started by having a mother named Hannah who loved the Lord, who loved her son, and wanted more than anything else for her son to serve the Lord.
DISCUSSION: What are some ways we can serve God even when we are young? If Hannah had never been able to have a child, do you think she would have still followed God?
Prayer: Thank God for hearing your prayers. Ask Him to use you to serve others.