1 Samuel 2:2
There is none holy like the LORD: for there is none besides you; there is no rock like our God.
The first time we met Hannah she was deeply distressed and weeping bitterly. Her prayer was so deeply lodged in her heart that she couldn’t express words. She demonstrated such agony that one person accused her of being drunk. But God met Hannah’s deepest longing with a baby boy named Samuel. Her prayer of thanksgiving, recorded in 1 Samuel 2:1-10, is proclaimed with—one can only imagine—a loud voice describing the love and grace of the one true God.
Hannah let the world know that there is no one like God. He is holy, completely set apart, working his will and purposes in the lives of those he loves. He answers prayer—even the ones that come from pain and tears. Even the ones from emotions so deep we can’t find words. He is the Rock—immutable and immovable. We hold on to him and experience his protection right in the middle of the storm. We hold on to him…but really, he is the One holding on to us.
- Thank God for answering your prayers—even the painful ones—even if the answer right now is, “Wait.” Acknowledge him by saying out loud, “God you are my Rock and there is no rock like you!”
- Thank God for your children (and grandchildren). Call each by name. Ask God to be their rock in the inevitable days when they will pray bitter and tearful prayers. Pray that they will cling to God and know that he is always with them.
Lord, you never waste our pain, our emotions, our deep distress, or our tearful prayers. Thank you for being unique—there is no one like you. Thank you for being immutable and immovable. Help me cling to you in my joy and pain. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
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