Message for February 5, 2017 from Pastor Shirley

Don’t allow your present circumstance to overshadow the bigger picture. Life can cause us to be bitter or better. It can cause us to turn to God or turn away and continue to walk in our own path. But if we can just get into His presence even with our downcast hearts and yes bitter thoughts, God can change us from the inside out, for it is through him miracles are born.

We all have a story to tell. In 1 Samuel chapter 2 we have the story of a woman named Hannah who was barren. In the life of Hannah we see that God knows our story from the beginning to the end and that everything has a purpose and our trust in God is never misplaced.

Why was the story Hannah necessary to put in the Bible? God could have just started with Samuel in the tabernacle. Why not just simply let him be born and send an angel to his parents to dedicate their son to God. Because God is glorified in the story of the life of Hannah whose name means “grace”. Even in her weakness her trust in God is seen as she turned to Him. Her desires, her faithfulness in bringing Samuel to God as promised are all evidences of God working in Hannah’s life.

I don’t know anyone who has gotten to the place where they are not believing God for something. There are things that have not yet been given birth to and we at times may feel barren. In the process of time we can get discouraged and want to give up. Just get in His presence. God is working in your life even though you may not see it at the moment. Continue to believe and like Hannah you will have a story to tell of God’s faithfulness.

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