I prayed for this child, and the Lord has granted me what I asked of him. 28 So now I give him to the Lord. For his whole life he will be given over to the Lord.” And he worshiped the Lord there. 1 Samuel 1.27-28
The story of Hannah’s miracle baby is a glorious one. She had been barren, unable to have a child on her own. After crying out before the Lord, she miraculously conceived a child, successfully delivered the baby, and nurtured the child through the weaning process (about three years). She named him Samuel-“heard of God”.
I can only imagine that now as she presents the child to the Lord’s service, to live and dwell in the temple as a child of the High Priest Eli that it must have torn at her heart to give up the answer to her fervently prayed prayers. It seems that God does this frequently. Abraham was challenged to put his Son on the altar on Mt. Moriah. He, too, was forced to find the faith to look beyond the discomfort of totally surrendering his child to God. Here, Hannah has committed her son to God’s service. Samuel will never be like all the other children, he is a servant of the Lord. He is consecrated.
As a result of this consecration, he hears the voice of God, he sees God answer prayers miraculously, and foretells events which only Heaven could orchestrate, and, eventually, becomes the prophet of whom it is testified “not one word of his mouth fell to the ground.” In other words, Samuel’s prophecies were fulfilled- every one of them, every time, in every circumstance. This is said of no other man or woman of God!
While Samuel’s mother initially was the source of the consecration, Samuel had to continue in the consecrated life, in order to grow into the man of God that would be held in a high estimation, by both man and God. This year we are revisiting our standing before the Lord. If we want more from Him, it will demand more consistency from us. Let us consecrate ourselves in 2018 to the service of God, and let us recognize here, at the beginning of the year, that many have made a start down the road of consecration, but fewer follow through to the end.