My Children is my answer!
- What do you want more than anything else?
- What is it that keeps you awake at night?
- What is it that makes you say, “I would do anything, if…”
If you are a mom, at some point, you have probably answered those questions with your children as the number 1 answer.
READ 1 Samuel 1
This story pictures a woman who desperately wanted a child. Her desire for a child had consumed her. Her inability to conceive had depressed her. Even in her broken desperate state, she kept God as the center of her life. Her heart and hope were set on God.
Hannah pledged her commitment to raise her child honoring God before she conceived. Hannah’s pledge was an “all in” kind of pledge. She promised God that she would raise her son in the most devout way of her day, to raise him honoring the Nazarite vow.
“Speak to the Israelites and say to them:
“If a man or woman wants to make a special vow,
a vow of separation to the Lord as a Nazarite,”
Look at Numbers 6:1 and recognize what was at the heart of Hannah’s pledge regarding her child not yet conceived. Hannah pledged to set her child apart from the beginning and she never wavered.
So in the course of time Hannah conceived and gave birth to a son.
She named him Samuel, saying, “Because I asked the Lord for him.”
1 Samuel 1:20
Hannah understood that every good and perfect gift came from God (James 1:17). She acknowledged God had heard her prayer and given her the child she longed for. She fulfilled her pledge once the child was weaned saying,
“So now I give him to the Lord.
For his whole life he will be given over to the Lord.”
1 Samuel 1:28
Hannah gave her son over to be raised according to the priestly service and under the care of the priest, Eli. Samuel became one of the greatest prophets in the Old Testament. He grew up as a man of God committed and devout.
God most probably isn’t asking us to take our children to the nearest church and drop them off to be raised by the pastor, unless your husband is the pastor.
However if we follow in the footsteps of Hannah and pledge our children to God before their conception and do not waver in our devotion to see that fulfilled we are setting a right path before them. This doesn’t mean life will be easy for them. Samuel had some hard things to face in his journey, but he always had the help of the Lord.
As mothers, we must acknowledge that being Christ-centered should be our first focus. Being Christ-centered will help us order the way for our children.
Love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength.
These commandments that I give you today are to be upon your hearts.
Impress them on your children.
Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up.
Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads.
Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates.
“Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?”
Jesus replied: ” ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart
and with all your soul and with all your mind.’
Moms Here Are 3 Key Actions That Will Benefit Our Children A Lifetime!
Since our children mean the world to us, we should:
- pledge them to God
- devote ourselves to God
- make teaching our children about God a top priority.
Our children will benefit from our commitment to those three actions more than any others.