TOPIC: God’s Omnipotence (DCLM Daily Manna 7 June 2021)
TEXT: 1 SAMUEL 2:1-11
1 And Hannah prayed, and said, My heart rejoiceth in the LORD, mine horn is exalted in the LORD: my mouth is enlarged over mine enemies; because I rejoice in thy salvation.
2 There is none holy as the LORD: for there is none beside thee: neither is there any rock like our God.
3 Talk no more so exceeding proudly; let not arrogancy come out of your mouth: for the LORD is a God of knowledge, and by him actions are weighed.
4 The bows of the mighty men are broken, and they that stumbled are girded with strength.
5 They that were full have hired out themselves for bread; and they that were hungry ceased: so that the barren hath born seven; and she that hath many children is waxed feeble.
6 The LORD killeth, and maketh alive: he bringeth down to the grave, and bringeth up.
7 The LORD maketh poor, and maketh rich: he bringeth low, and lifteth up.
8 He raiseth up the poor out of the dust, and lifteth up the beggar from the dunghill, to set them among princes, and to make them inherit the throne of glory: for the pillars of the earth are the LORD’S, and he hath set the world upon them.
9 He will keep the feet of his saints, and the wicked shall be silent in darkness; for by strength shall no man prevail.
10 The adversaries of the LORD shall be broken to pieces; out of heaven shall he thunder upon them: the LORD shall judge the ends of the earth; and he shall give strength unto his king, and exalt the horn of his anointed.
11 And Elkanah went to Ramah to his house. And the child did minister unto the LORD before Eli the priest.
KEY VERSE: “The LORD killeth, and maketh alive: he bringeth down to the grave, and bringeth up” (1 SAMUEL 2:6).
To set one’s hope on a source that turns out to be false is a most harrowing experience in life. No doubt, disappointment, failure, depression, frustration and even death result from trusting a source that is not the Ultimate Power. Challenges of life have driven many to rely on man, money, powers of darkness, self and other forces.
That passage today centres on the eye-opening prayer of praise by Hannah declaring the eternal truth about God. She started by extolling God’s holiness virtue and confirming that He is the only confirmed Rock. Hannah had been a beneficiary of God’s omnipotent power as she received a male child, Samuel, at an old age after praying to the Lord. By experience therefore, she declared the Lord God as the Source of genuine joy, the Giver of victory over the enemies, the Owner of salvation, the incomparable Rock, the ultimate Source of life and living, the Determiner of richness over austerity, the triumphant Lord over all adversaries and Lifter-up of all that trust in Him.
How then does one tap into God’s omnipotent power? How does one benefit from this ultimate Source of power? Hannah knew God as the only solution to all of life’s problems. She had strong faith in the ability and willingness of God to hear and answer His children. She therefore prayed earnestly and fervently to Him, without wavering or doubting. She made a pledge to give the product of her prayer back to God, to serve Him.
The lessons here are invaluable. God only is the Source of the ultimate and unlimited power. Trusting in Him only is the duty of all believers. He is the only one that gives freely.
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY:
Trust God to do the impossible.
THE BIBLE IN ONE YEAR:
2 SAMUEL 6-7
DCLM Daily Manna was written by Pastor W. F. Kumuyi; is the founder and General Superintendent of the Deeper Life Bible Church situated at KM 42 on the busy Lagos-Ibadan Expressway, Nigeria.