Like Ruth, the beginning of I Samuel is set during the period of the Judges. Again we see examples of faithfulness amidst the corruption. Note:
- Worship – Elkanah faithfully brings his family to worship and sacrifice before the Lord each year. Three times in chapter one, we find the word worship – an obvious theme of the chapter. Is it an obvious theme of your life?
- Prayer and Praise – Another theme in chapter one is prayer. Hannah pours out her heart to the Lord. God wonderfully answers her prayer, and the first part of chapter two records Hannah’s praises. About what do you need to pour out your heart to God? What answered prayers do you need to praise God about? Do you regularly respond to answered prayers with praise?
- Judgment for Sin – Eli’s sons did not follow the Lord. They treated God’s offerings with contempt, and slept with the women who served at the tent of meeting. God sent a man to warn Eli that judgment was coming. God spoke to Samuel to warn Eli again that judgment was coming. We may look at those around us doing wicked things and apparently prospering, but remember – God’s judgment is coming.