Psalm 139:1-6, 13-18
1 Samuel 2:1-10
Do not boast so proudly, or let arrogant words come out of your mouth, for the LORD is a God of knowledge, and actions are weighed by him. The bows of the warriors are broken, but the feeble are clothed with strength. Those who are full hire themselves out for food, but those who are starving hunger no more.The woman who is childless gives birth to seven, but the woman with many sons pines away.1 Samuel 2:3-5 (CSB)
God has the final word.
Hannah carried the shame of barrenness for years. She endured the whisperings of those around her. She persevered through the proud boastings of her rival, Penninah. It has been said that sticks and stones may break my bones, but words can never hurt me. How untrue is this statement! Words hurt.
Every time Penninah hurled an insult at Hannah it cut. However, Hannah’s prayer reveals to us that God has the final word. Some may think you’re a hopeless cause, but God sees you for who you are – His child. A child made in His image that is full of potential.
In life, people will slander you, saying all kinds of hurtful things. However, you mustn’t dwell on their words, because they are fleeting. God’s word is established in eternity. God has the final say. Remember some arrogant men, blinded by their own self-righteousness, viewed Jesus as a demoniac. But now Jesus has a name of above all names!
Suggestion for Prayer
Thank God for having the final word in your circumstance. Pray for those that hurl hurtful words to see their error before God humbles them. Also, pray for your own words to be seasoned with grace.
Preparing for Sunday’s Reading
1 Samual 3:1-10[11-20]
2 Corinthians 4:5-12
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