“And Eli blessed Elkanah and his wife, and said, The LORD give thee seed of this woman for the loan which is lent to the LORD. And they went unto their own home.” (1 Samuel 2:20)
“And the LORD visited Hannah, so that she conceived, and bare three sons and two daughters. And the child Samuel grew before the LORD.” (1 Samuel 2:21)
Hannah’s sacrifice of her only child unto the service of the Lord was by no means forgotten. The Lord blessed Hannah with five other children besides the child Samuel. This was her blessing for obedience.
Obedience unto the Will of the Lord will always render us great benefits. We can never go wrong when we follow through to our commitments and pay our vows unto the most high God.
The first thing the Lord would have us to observe is that our visitation will be personal. After Hannah had committed her heart unto the Lord, she received a personal visitation. We often hear that the Christian faith isn’t about religion, but it’s about a personal relationship with a living Savior. How true these words are. After we commit our hearts unto the Lord, we can be sure that we will encounter a personal visitation from the Lord. God is an intimate Savior who desires to fellowship with us; and when we align our hearts with His Word, we can be sure to experience this fellowship.
Secondly, Hannah’s visitation was fruitful. When a believer receives a visitation from the Lord, he will be:
“…strengthened with might by his Spirit in the inner man;” (Ephesians 3:16d)
“That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye, being rooted and grounded in love,” (Ephesians 3:17)
“May be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height;” (Ephesians 3:18)
“And to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fulness of God.” (Ephesians 3:19)
The Lord’s visitation to the heart of His People will always render the fruit of the Spirit in the life of the believer. This communion and fellowship will be fruitful as we abide in the vine (John 15:1-5).
Finally, Hannah’s visitation was out of the faithfulness of God. God is faithful. When our faith fails and we want to give up, the Lord will always step in and strengthen us in time of need. Hebrews says, “For God is not unrighteous to forget your work and labour of love, which ye have shewed toward his name…” (Hebrews 6:10).
He will always reward us in due season, “if we faint not” (Galatians 6:9). God was faithful to Hannah; and so will He be to us, as we “press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 3:14).
In the closing of this series of devotions, I would leave you with this question – Have you experience a visitation from the Lord?
Jesus promises us that if we obey His Commandments and love Him; we would be loved of the Father, and Jesus would love us, and He would manifest Himself to us (John 14:21, 23). When we remain faithful to the Lord, the spiritual blessings will abound in our lives as we experience the fullness of joy in His Presence.
Don’t give up!! Continue to fight the good fight of faith. Commit your heart unto God; and I am certain that your visitation will come.