In Hanna’s story we have three different metrics.
Her husband’s metric was love. He loved her, cared for her and he clearly told her that she should be grateful for his love and tenderness and should be fulfilled in life.
Her metric was one son. She committed to giving the son away to God’s work, so it wasn’t that she needed to raise a son, but the experience of getting pregnant, carrying him to term and experiencing birth and nurturing of a baby was an absolute essential in her mind. Anything less than that and she was not going to accept that life was good. She fought and won.
But what I find compelling in the story is the fact that God’s metric was five more children – three sons and two daughters. When she broke through the barrier to her bare minimum, it opened the door to abundance at the level God intended, not the level she insisted on.
Who knows what God’s heart is for us? We know where our pain is, and we seek resources from the hand of God to ameliorate the pain or to resource the building project we have in mind. But God has a bigger heart for our well-being and a bigger strategy for our Kingdom work.
So today, in our class action lawsuit for the whole SLG tribe, let’s war for the release of the whole purposes of God.
Copyright July 2015 by Arthur Burk
From the war zone