Clovis Chappel was one of the most effective preachers of the last century. He is especially known for his biographical sermons. In one sermon on Jochebed, the mother of Moses, he said, “When God wants to train a child for the achieving of the best and the highest in life, He sends him to school to a godly mother.” And Abraham Lincoln is known for saying, “No man is poor who has a Godly mother.”
Godliness is a priceless gift a mother can give to her children. But godliness and faith are most often developed through difficult trials. In the dark times, we rarely understand what God is doing behind the scenes; we don’t see how the pieces of the puzzle are falling into place as He works out His sovereign will for our life. It was that way for a woman in the Old Testament whose name was Hannah.
Read 1 Samuel 1-2:11.
Yesterday, I preached on the trials Hannah endured and the God-centered faith that led to the dedication of her son, Samuel, to the Lord. Here is what we learned.
In her response to both trial and blessing, Hannah provides an example of humble God-centered faith. Here every women may discover four traits, or life disciplines, for the cultivation of godly motherhood.
- Rest in God when life hurts, and expectations are unmet (1:1-8)
- Run to God in prayer, surrendering your heart’s desires (1:9-18).
- Release your children to God, since they already belong to Him (1:19-28).
- Resolve to praise God, and trust in His sovereignty (2:1-11).
You may listen to the sermon here.
[This post was originally published May 14, 2018.]