1Samuel 1:19-28, “21 Now the man Elkanah and all his house went up to offer to the Lord the yearly sacrifice and his vow. 22 But Hannah did not go up, for she said to her husband, “Not until the child is weaned; then I will take him, that he may appear before the Lord and remain there forever.”
I believe by far that to be a mother is one of the most special callings with greater rewards in heaven than that of an evangelist or pastor who may have reached hundreds or even thousands. A mother may take care of one, two, five or even ten children and gain such great rewards because God has a special place in His heart for mothers.
While this is true, many mothers do not consider this to be one of the greatest ministries. I can understand why when we address it in the light of the time we are living in where success by far is measured in numbers. In God’s economy, success is measured in faithfulness and obedience. We all start the race, it’s not who finishes the race first that receives a crown, it’s all who finish the race regardless of the time.
Looking at motherhood as a very special calling, I draw our attention to Hannah, Samuel’s mother. Her story is simple, she received a promise of birth having prayed for a son. Elkanah her husband and his household vs. 3, “…went up from his city yearly to worship and sacrifice to the Lord of hosts in Shiloh” As the priest of his own home, he set the spiritual temperature to foster his family in the things of God. vs. 7 …So it was, year by year, when she (Hannah) went up to the house of the Lord”. Though it was not required for the women as a command to go and worship in the city, she accompanied her husband and used that opportunity to seek God for a miracle.
After Samuel is born, the next time comes and Elkanah as always gathers his family to lead them to worship and sacrifice, Hannah requests leave not to accompany him, vs. 21. … for she said to her husband, “Not until the child is weaned; then I will take him, that he may appear before the Lord and remain there forever” You might say, going to the temple to worship and sacrifice was more important than her being at home with the child or you might even question her priorities. The response from her husband shows he was in favor of her request because it was godly. All she ever desired was to please her Lord by caring for what God gave her, and when the right time comes, she would present him to the Lord for His service. She knew it was an important ministry to wean which means to accustom a child to food other than its mother’s milk. I believe it was more than natural food but also spiritual in readiness for his service in the temple. Samuel’s first base to learn faith was at home. The same can be seen with Moses’ parents, Hebrews 11:23, “By faith Moses, when he was born, was hidden three months by his parents, because they saw he was a beautiful child; and they were not afraid of the king’s command.” The faith of Moses began with his parents, the faith of Samuel would be the same. Both were preparing them for God’s call, what a ministry.
Vs. 23,” So Elkanah her husband said to her, “Do what seems best to you; wait until you have weaned him. Only let the Lord establish His word.” Then the woman stayed and nursed her son until she had weaned him.” “Hannah, though she felt a warm regard for the courts of God’s house, begged to stay at home. God will have mercy, and not sacrifice. Those who are detained from public ordinances, by the nursing and tending of little children, may take comfort from this instance, and believe, that if they do that duty in a right spirit, God will graciously accept them therein.”, Matthew Henry.
We ought to take care of our children, not only with an eye to the law of nature as they are ours, but with an eye to the covenant of grace as they are given up to God. This sanctifies the nursing of them, when it is done as unto the Lord. The nurturing, the prayers, the teachings of the mother is preparing the child (children) for greater task in life. And while a mother may think she is only ministering to one child or a handful, she needs to be encouraged that she is ministering to many many more by preparation of their children. In that when the time comes for God to use them like He did with Samuel, it was Hannah indirectly impacting the world through a son she prepared and offered to the Lord. Those that have in sincerity devoted their children to God may with comfort pray for them, that God will establish the word sealed to them at the same time that they were sealed for him.
So mothers, your children are one of the greatest blessings from the Lord in need of your ministry, find fulfillment in serving them because you are doing it for the Lord. Their faith begins with you (nurturing, praying, teaching), you will reach more people through how you raise your children. There is greater reward in this service than the ministry you may be eyeing right now . Blessings Ev
- Do Not Bury The Dead Yet, Part 1of2, Evans Olang (magnifyhisword.wordpress.com)