Hannah Believed

“And there was a prophetess, Hannah, the daughter of Phanuel, of the tribe of Asher. She was advanced in years and had lived with her husband for seven years after her marriage, and then as a widow to the age of eighty-four. She did not leave the temple grounds, serving night and day with fasts and prayers. And at that very moment she came up and began giving thanks to God, and continued to speak about Him to all those who were looking forward to the redemption of Jerusalem.” (Luke 2:36-38 NASB)

Let’s take a guess and say Hannah was a virgin who married at age sixteen, I imagine that was then an appropriate time. Seven years later she would have been twenty-three beginning sixty-years of service by fasting and praying. She prophesied the coming of the Messiah. Did you know that the same thing is being prophesied today? Lots of people are prophesying. God fills them with hope and encourages their faith with His word, just like Hannah. She looked forward to salvation, giving all who would listen the good news. Hers was the promised Messiah, ours is the soon coming King.

Titles are not needed to speak our faith; symbols are not the same witness as love. Shall we be known by the name of a gift or of character? Tattoos of a cross or one that hangs from the neck are not the same witness as deeds from the heart. Robes or rags prove nothing, God is refining faith. May God bless all who serve Jesus with an understanding of His ways.

No matter how tastefully you decorated, it cannot compare to God adorning His trees.