LSOF: A Heart that has Hope
“The secret things belong to the LORD our God, but the things revealed belong to us and to our children forever, that we may follow all the words of this law.” (Deuteronomy 29:29)
This verse in Deuteronomy 29:29, paints such a picture of hope.
“The secret things belong to the Lord out God….”
Hannah’s prayer can almost be looked at as a curtain waiting to be unveiled.
“O LORD Almighty, if you will only look upon 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.” (1 Sam. 11)
Remember: In Hebrew translation (zakar): also means to “ mark” in order to recognize.
It is clearly seen 8 verses after that God recognized her need.
“Early the next morning they arose and worshiped before the LORD and then went back to their home at Ramah. Elkanah lay with Hannah his wife, and the LORD remembered her. 20 So in the course of time Hannah conceived and gave birth to a son. She named him Samuel, [c] saying, “Because I asked the LORD for him.”(1 Sam 1:19-20)
“things revealed belong to us.”
The word “remember” is in the bible 233 times.
God shows us 233 times that He will not forget us, that He knows our pain, and that He will bring us through it to victory; no matter what it looks like to us at the time.
I know there are some people going through some rough times right now, and God has really laid it on my heart to emphasize the hope the Hannah had; and the promises from the Lord.
Hope is an amazing gift from God, because it keeps us from giving up.
The worst thing someone could ever do is take away hope from another.
Reading between the lines of 1 Sam 11, it can be seen that Hannah asked God to remember her, but
That it may have had a lot to do with God being remembered in her difficult time.
She knew who to go to. She held the hope she had in her back pocket and went with it; poured out her heart, and stood on trust. I think God saw that and He was pleased with her devotion to Him.
I think about Jesus telling the parables, and how he prepared the disciples for a horrible time, but He also knew the result. He was the only one.
I wonder how it would have sounded if Jesus would have just come out and said,
“ You know what I’ve been sent to die on a cross, and I know that will make you sad, but I will wipe out all sin by my blood, And then I’ll come visit after.”
God wanted to accomplish something far greater in his visit to the world, then just to shout out His plans.
The disciples were to go through a “rites of passage”.
Peter started the church, and without the pain and agony of losing his greatest teacher, and the build up in his heart of all the “ what ifs” and “ How”, I personally don’t believe he would have been strong enough or ready to start the church. The passion just might not have been the same.
Trials we go through bring appreciation.
If he knew Jesus was going to die, he also probably wouldn’t have been afraid to stand up for Jesus, instead of his denial 3 times; His pride would probably have been through the roof.
Not knowing keeps us grounded in Him.
I don’t physically believe we could handle knowing all of God’s secrets.
“Praise be to the name of God for ever and ever;
wisdom and power are his.
He changes times and seasons;
he sets up kings and deposes them.
He gives wisdom to the wise
and knowledge to the discerning.
He reveals deep and hidden things;
he knows what lies in darkness,
and light dwells with him.
I thank and praise you, O God of my fathers:
You have given me wisdom and power,
you have made known to me what we asked of you,
you have made known to us the dream of the king.”
King Nebuchadnezzar never really stood a chance at the power of the promise.
Daniel did tell him the secrets of God, and even though he knew, he didn’t listen, and found himself to go literally insane.
God knows sometimes if we know what his plans are, it won’t change us.
I mean God could easily tell us in our ear what will even happen 5 minutes from now, but He doesn’t, because just like hope, time is also a gift.
It is to be used wisely, and He gives us time to do just that.
If you had a chance to read the story of Rebekah from the “ Sisterfreaks” study, you would see how God’s plan will unveil in a girl with cancer life.
She will often say in the story, that she sees her illness as an off gift from God, but one that she appreciates.
She knew her time on earth could be short, because she found out she had cancer; God could have decided to have her leave this earth without warning, but He didn’t; She was blessed to be able to spend all the time she could in appreciation of her life and the people around her.
God gives us a chance to learn something when He doesn’t tell us the whole story.
We are sometimes so disheartended, because some inevitable happens in our lives that we had no control over, and they vary, but the thing to realize is, God knew it was going to happen, therefore there is something greater ahead that we need to be prepared to deal with.
How to apply all this:
1. Remember….“The secret things belong to the Lord out God….”
2. “things revealed belong to us.”
3. Hope is an amazing gift from God, because it keeps us from giving up.
WE have to realize that God will recognize us in the most difficult circumstances.
4. Remember…God wanted to accomplish something far greater in his visit to the world, then just to shout out His plans.
Not knowing keeps us grounded in Him.
5. God knows sometimes if we know what his plans are, it won’t change us. And He isn’t about to waste His time.
6. God gives us a chance to learn something when He doesn’t tell us the whole story. And we might not always understand, but we have to remember there is complete purpose!
I will leave you with Hannah’s amazing prayer
1 Then Hannah prayed and said:
“My heart rejoices in the LORD;
in the LORD my horn [a] is lifted high.
My mouth boasts over my enemies,
for I delight in your deliverance.
2 “There is no one holy [b] like the LORD;
there is no one besides you;
there is no Rock like our God.
3 “Do not keep talking so proudly
or let your mouth speak such arrogance,
for the LORD is a God who knows,
and by him deeds are weighed.
4 “The bows of the warriors are broken,
but those who stumbled are armed with strength.
5 Those who were full hire themselves out for food,
but those who were hungry hunger no more.
She who was barren has borne seven children,
but she who has had many sons pines away.
6 “The LORD brings death and makes alive;
he brings down to the grave [c] and raises up.
7 The LORD sends poverty and wealth;
he humbles and he exalts.
8 He raises the poor from the dust
and lifts the needy from the ash heap;
he seats them with princes
and has them inherit a throne of honor.
“For the foundations of the earth are the LORD’s;
upon them he has set the world.
9 He will guard the feet of his saints,
but the wicked will be silenced in darkness.
“It is not by strength that one prevails;
10 those who oppose the LORD will be shattered.
He will thunder against them from heaven;
the LORD will judge the ends of the earth.
“He will give strength to his king
and exalt the horn of his anointed.”