Ps.103:1-2 (ERV) “My soul, praise the Lord! Every part of me, praise his holy name! My soul, praise the Lord and never forget how kind he is! 3 He forgives all our sins and heals all our sicknesses.
1 Sam.1:8 (NCV) “Her husband Elkanah would say to her, ‘Hannah, why are you crying and why won’t you eat? Why are you sad? Don’t I mean more to you than ten sons?’” (emphasis added). What Elkanah was saying in other words, was that his love for Hannah supersedes anything God can or will bless them with. I pray that you will be fruitful, however, you can be fruitful like Leah and discover that children do not also produce a loving relationship. Again, I pray that you marry a man that will love you regardless. And if you are already married, I pray that God will give your husband the heart to love you regardless and you will be fruitful, in Jesus Name.
Elkanah was saying to Hannah, can we look at what we have instead of focusing on what we do not have? Human beings are masters at focusing on what they do not have. When you look at your life, do you focus on the things that you do not have or on the things you have? We are wired to look for what is missing, not to celebrate what we already have. That is the problem in so many relationships. Wives are looking for what is missing in their husbands that they think is in someone else. Husbands are looking for what is missing in their wives that they think is available in someone else. ‘What about what we already have?’, and that was what Elkanah was saying to Hannah. I have read this scripture so many times, I did not see it.
You are believing God for something and you have trusted God for this thing for so long. But if you are not careful, that can become the source of your sorrow. Instead of appreciating God for what He has done and allowing it to be the source of your joy. Instead of focusing on the fact that you do not have a job even though you are a university graduate. How about being grateful for the fact that you are a university graduate? Pastor Ben Akabueze once shared that throughout his primary and secondary school, there was a young man that always came first. He always came second because that boy beat him to it. But the boy did not finish secondary school, they just did not see him again. Then one day, he saw this same person, now a man selling oranges on the streets. Meanwhile, he was complaining that he wanted a bigger position, and that had blinded him from seeing the shoes he already had on. The mystery about life is that there would always be something missing. Shift your focus to what God has done, not what is missing.
Prayer: Lord Jesus, You are my light and my salvation and I am grateful to You, in Jesus Name. Amen!