Death of a Dream (part 2)
by Christie Browning
We're looking at I Samuel and Hannah's desire to have a child. She was overcome with this desire and it drove her to her knees to pray in deep earnest to God. Read part one of this study here.
The first lesson we learn from Hannah is that we need to let go, lay down our dreams and trust that if God chooses and that dream is from Him, He’ll be the one to raise it up and make it happen — in His way and in His time.
Second, we learn that Hannah stayed committed to her vow. As she prayed for a son, she committed to give her son back to God.
"24 After he was weaned, she took the boy with her, young as he was, along with a three-year-old bull,[e] an ephah[f] of flour and a skin of wine, and brought him to the house of the Lord at Shiloh. 25 When the bull had been sacrificed, they brought the boy to Eli, 26 and she said to him, “Pardon me, my lord. As surely as you live, I am the woman who stood here beside you praying to the Lord. 27 I prayed for this child, and theLord has granted me what I asked of him. 28 So now I give him to theLord. For his whole life he will be given over to the Lord.” And he worshiped the Lord there."
These verses shows Hannah, as soon as she could physically let go of Samuel, takes him to Eli, the priest, and gives him back to God by leaving Samuel to serve in the temple. Once God gave her a piece of her dream she stuck to her resolve to lay him down, give him up for God.
How many of us are guilty of praying for God to give us a job, a ministry, a family, etc. and we have intentions of that "dream" being for God and allowing it to be Him who does it. However, as soon as that "dream" is in our grasp we seem to say, "OK, God. I got it now. Thanks!" And it no longer God in it or doing it.
Hannah held to her vow and kept it. You can read later in Chapter 2 that she visited Samuel and loved him but she knew how this dream should play out and what her part was -- to let God have 100 percent of it.
Lastly, Hannah's story shows us just how great our dreams can be if we let God have them, lay them down and let God do the work to bring them to fruition. Many times our dreams will be bigger, more profitable, or larger and better than we could ever do on our own or imagine.
In Chapter 2 verse 21, God gave Hannah three more sons and two other daughters. Wow! Hannah only prayed for one son and because of her faithfulness, God blessed her ... He blew her idea of the "dream" out of the water and gave her five other children.
So the question for you is this? Just what could God do with your "dreams" if you laid them down and let the dream be His? What if you gave up on your preconceived ideas and notions and expectations in order to let God bring new life to the dream you offer to Him.
His blessings would blow your mind and you would see less frustrations and more peace if you allowed the dream to be His doing not ours!
Time to reFlect
1) What do you think God could do if you gave up control of your dreams?
2) What would you need to do to lay down this dream and let God have 100 percent control of it?
3) What do you think is holding you back from letting go of this dream and letting God have it?
4) What promises does the Bible offer that assures you that God can do more than we imagined?