Wednesday, November 7, 2012
Sow a Seed with a Double Portion
1 Samuel 1:1-20
Now there was a certain man of Ramathaim Zophim, of the mountains of Ephraim, and his name was Elkanah the son of Jeroham, the son of Elihu,[a] the son of Tohu,[b] the son of Zuph, an Ephraimite. 2 And he had two wives: the name of one was Hannah, and the name of the other Peninnah. Peninnah had children, but Hannah had no children. 3 This man went up from his city yearly to worship and sacrifice to the Lord of hosts in Shiloh. Also the two sons of Eli, Hophni and Phinehas, the priests of the Lord, were there. 4 And whenever the time came for Elkanah to make an offering, he would give portions to Peninnah his wife and to all her sons and daughters. 5 But to Hannah he would give a double portion, for he loved Hannah, although the Lord had closed her womb. 6 And her rival also provoked her severely, to make her miserable, because the Lord had closed her womb. 7 So it was, year by year, when she went up to the house of the Lord, that she provoked her; therefore she wept and did not eat.
As I have sat and studied the story of Hannah, there are a few messages in this story. Most people love to use it for those who are barren and it is such a wonderful message for that. As I was studying and God was speaking to me about his perfect timing. Hannah was barren for a long time and she prayed hear after year at the temple for God to bless her with a child. In her time of prayer Hannah had to number one, wait patiently, and number two wait patiently on God's timing. the bible speaks that there is a time for everything Ecc 3:1-8. With God there is a purpose for everything. Sometimes we don't always understand them especially when we have our own plans, and ideas on how we want to accomplish them. With God everything is timing.
When you read 1 Samuel the story of Hannah, her husband was not only married to her but to another woman. This woman had children from Hannah's husband but Hannah was barren. When her husband Elkanah gave to his wife Peninnah enough portion for her and her children, he also gave to Hannah that had no children but to her he gave a double portion. 1 Samuel 1:5. See Elkanah saw what no one else saw and he was sowing a seed of portions to her as if she had children already. He did not give her just a portion for herself but he was sowing in the future he believed. Deep inside he believed she would have what she longed for and he was sowing into her future.
Are you sowing into your future. Are you just praying for things and believe God has them for you, or are you actively doing something to activate what you are desiring? See this is an awesome message because we have to sow if we want something. If you want an Orange tree, you first have to plant the orange seed, get the soil right, water it and then wait, watch for the perfect timing for oranges. If you are desiring time sow time, if you are desiring to be loved more, sow love, if you are desiring more finances sow finances into someone. It is just that simple. Sow, Sow, Sow. Don't just sow things that the canker worm can eat up but sow double portions to show that you really,really believe what you are asking God for.
Hannah Reaped a double portion for the double portion that was sow by her husband. Read the story, she got her son she experienced motherhood as she desired and she gave him to the Lord. Samuel was a great man in God. Sow your double portion and reap your double portion!