Rising Joy, by Vicki Matheny
but Hannah did not go up with them. Instead she told her husband, “Once the boy is weaned, I will bring him and appear before the Lord, and he will remain there from then on.” 1 Samuel 1.22
Hannah did not have any children. Each year she would accompany Elkanah, her husband, to Shiloh where he would go to worship and offer sacrifices to the Lord. She was taunted by Peninnah, her husband’s second wife, because she did not have any children, causing Hannah to worry to the point of weeping and not eating. During one of the trips to Shiloh, Hannah prays to God and made a vow to the Lord. If God would give her a son, she would dedicate him to the Lord all the days of his life. God answered her prayer. Hannah fulfilled her vow. She took Samuel to live with Eli. How easy it would have been to later deceive herself into thinking that God would understand if she decided to keep Samuel with her! Samuel grew to be a prophet who led the children of Israel. Jesus teaches in Matthew 5.34 that we should not take oaths, but let our word be yes or no. Philippians 4.6-7 tells us not to worry, but to make our requests known to God. God will give us peace. That brings joy.