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When you can tell the fake prosperity from the genuine one, your life will be changed.

글쓴이 : 관리자 날짜 : 2020-01-13 (월) 08:50 조회 : 30
설교일 : 2020.01.12
설교자 : Rev. Eungyong Kim
본문말씀 : 1 Samuel 1:9-18

January 12, 2020

‘1 Samuel’ Series #2

 

1 Samuel 1:9-18

When you can tell the fake prosperity from the genuine one,

your life will be changed.

 

Rev. Eungyong Kim’s sermon at the KUMC of Metro Detroit

 

 

The year of famine comes to everyone during their life on earth, and there are many different types of famine.

 

Last week we shared and meditated upon the life of Hannah. What was causing the famine in her life? Was it her infertility? No, it was the two-faced actions of Elkanah, her husband.

 

In our lives, there are the years of genuine famine and fake famine, and we should not be deceived by the fake famine, but should watch out for the genuine famine.

 

The hardships for Hannah and the troubles in their home were caused by Elkanah’s genuine famine.  That is the reason why we want to find out more about the genuine famine.

 

In our life of faith, we can learn what the genuine famine is by looking at ourselves with the eyes of God and by analyzing us with the Word of God.

 

There was a poor widow who raised her only son with the income from her orchard in rural area. She doted on him with her meager resources and preached to him constantly that more money would bring them happiness. She believed her poverty was the misfortunate famine.

 

Then, her son got married and his wife came to live with them. At dinner table for the three of them, he explained to his wife, “My mother doesn’t eat the fried eggs, so I urge you to eat more of them!” After hearing this remark, she went to her room and cried for a long time, because her beloved son didn’t understand her heart nor her sacrifice. Then, she realized that it was herself who had brought him up that way, and because of her own famine, she had done a poor job in raising up his character.

 

When we can differentiate between the fake famine and the genuine one, we will reach maturity.

 

Today’s passage tells us about the genuine prosperity of Hannah.

 

 

1.  The prosperity of Hannah – God teaches her the genuine prosperity

 

The verse 10 of today’s passages states that ‘In bitterness of soul Hannah wept much and prayed to the LORD.’ Hannah couldn’t find the solution for her problems and couldn’t take it anymore, so she came before God and prayed to him. This was the time for her prosperity. Will her weeping much in bitterness and praying to God lead to her prosperity?

 

    (1)  Hannah doesn’t have any fights with Peninnah.

 

Even though the provocations came from Peninnah, Hannah did not fight back. She didn’t try to solve her problems herself. Instead, she went before God. She had a deeper understanding of her misfortune.

 

She knew that having fights with Peninnah would not solve her problems. Whenever we are faced with problems, we tend to try to find the solutions ourselves by talking to others or having arguments with them. But this will lead us to miss the genuine famine and see the fake one only.

 

    (2)  Hannah solves her problems with the help of God.

 

Only when we are standing before God, we can see our problems clearly. The genuine famine is really buried deep inside of us and only God can show it to us. When the genuine famine is taken care of, the fake famine will disappear.

 

There are some people who are tied down by the fake famine, while the others are able to recognize the genuine famine.

 

    (3)  Hannah weeps much before God.

 

The Bible states that Hannah wept much before God, in bitterness of her soul.

There are some who cry a lot in front of people, but not before God.

But it is to be reversed in our life of faith, and the faithful people should cry before God.

Hannah weeps before God and prays to Him fervently, so that God will find the solution for her.

 

< My mother used to say to me, “When there is a problem, go before God with the problem. When no response is coming forth, make a vow and go on fasting. If there is no response after the fasting, then lay aside the problem. >

 

< After an Exhorter was elected as the president of the Women’s Mission Group, she heard someone’s comment disparaging her; “It is shameful that such a woman is representing our church.” She was so hurt that she resigned from that position. Soon she stopped praying and attending the worship services. When I paid a visit to her home, she said to me, “Pastor, I have been crying so much that I sometimes have trouble with my vision. I cannot let go of my hatred, so I cannot go to church.” Then, I told her, “Did you cry because of your hatred of some people? Instead of crying before people, let us go before God and cry our hearts out!”

 

So, she and I made a pact to pray for 30 days and to fast one meal each day. Persuaded by this suggestion, she began to pray, and God began to soothe her soul. After 30 days, she came to me and said, “Pastor, I am better and not falling down anymore. I still cannot forgive, but now I realize that no problem can crush me.”

 

This is the way we come before God to solve our problems.

 

Have you ever prayed to God while crying your heart out? Have you trusted God only and depended on Him only, while crying before God?

 

 

2.  The prosperity of Hannah – The secret of making a vow

 

The verse 11 of today’s passage has the detailed description of Hannah making her vow; “If you will only look upon your servant’s misery and remember me, and not forget your servant but give her a son, then I will give him to the LORD for all the days of his life, and no razor will ever be used on his head.”

 

What is a vow?

The vow of Hannah is a good example for us to pray to God and make a vow to God in order to solve our problems, when faced with the year of famine.

 

    (1)  By making a vow, we can have a deeper fellowship with God.

 

Making a vow is not having a negotiation with God by saying, “I will do this, so you have to do this.” Certainly, God does not bestow His blessings upon us in accordance with our efforts and hard works.

 

A true vow will bring our fellowship with God deep into our lives. By making a vow, we will be aware of God more intensively. When making a vow, we should not focus on what we want God to do for us, but focus on how we are going to live with God in our lives from now on.

 

There are three verbs in Hannah’s vow to God; they are ‘look upon’, ‘remember’ and ‘give’, and these come before her request for a son. A true vow should ask for the loving touch of God.

 

A vow that is made during sufferings can bring on an abundant harvest.

 

    (2)  A vow should be accompanied by the person’s self-denial.

 

When making a vow, we should deny ourselves first. Take the example of Hannah’s vow. She called herself ‘your servant’ three times. The first thing she did was to humble herself to God before making her vow.

 

In chapter 28 of Genesis, Jacob made a vow, saying “If God will be with me and will watch over me, so that I return safely to my father’s house … then this stone that I have set up as a pillar will be God’s house, and of all that you give me I will give you a tenth.”

 

What he means is that he is making a vow to God that he will change in the way God wants him to be. You cannot make a vow without making yourself changed. A true vow is made when you change yourself so as to be bestowed with the response from God.

 

You have to deny yourself first before making a vow, and that is the core point.

 

    (3)  By making a vow, you will get to know what God wants.

 

“If you will not forget your servant and give her a son, then I will give him to the LORD for all the days of his life, and no razor will ever be used on his head.”

 

The vow of Hannah was in fact an offering from her to God. Before asking for something from God, she was willing to give her offering. If a son is given, he will be offered to God and he will live his life in God’s service. A true vow is made when we realize what God wants and then pray to be able to offer it to God.

 

Trying to negotiate with God for what you want is not the way for making a vow. You should do what Hannah did; By beginning a fellowship with God and by denying yourself, you will be able to offer what God wants.

 

 

3.  The prosperity of Hannah – What is genuine prosperity?

 

Today’s passage shows us the contrast between the behavior of Eli the priest and that of Hannah. It points out to us the fake prosperity and the genuine prosperity of the two families through their behaviors.

 

    1)  The behavior of Eli the priest

 

Even though he was the High Priest of the LORD’s temple in Shiloh, he was incapable of recognizing the true nature of Hannah’s behavior. He thought Hannah was drunk and advised her not to drink any more. The drunk person was not Hannah, but Eli himself, who didn’t even realize how far his two sons were alienated from God. His family looked like having the abundant harvest, but in reality, they were suffering from a severe famine.

 

    2)  The behavior of Hannah

 

When she was told to get rid of her wine, she said, “I am a woman who is deeply troubled. I have not been drinking wine or beer; I was pouring out my soul to the LORD.” Hannah had been pouring out her soul to God, and later in verse 18, ‘she went her way and ate something, and her face was no longer downcast.’ She found peace now. The famine was over and the prosperity began for her.

 

Eli was having the fake prosperity; His own spirit was far away from God and his two sons were dissolute. On the other hand, the Bible states that Hannah was having the genuine prosperity, after finding peace in God.

 

What kind of prosperity do you want to have? Perhaps you may be praying for the fake prosperity.

 

During the early morning prayer services of the past week, we were bestowed with the abundant grace of God. Especially on last Friday morning, we were able to meditate upon the power of love through the chapter 12 of Romans. The biggest blessing for the Christians is being blessed with the power of love.

 

The power of love is:

    1)  The power to bless those who persecute us.

How can we do it? When we are freed from hatred and curses, we can do it with the power of blessings from God.

 

    2)  The power to be united as one with others.

This means we should rejoice with those who rejoice and mourn with those who mourn.

‘If we rejoice three times a day with others, our lives will be changed completely.’

 

    3)  The power to overcome evil with good.

God will take revenge for you, so let Him repay. We should not be overcome by evil, by fighting the evil enemies ourselves.

 

With the power of love, we will have the genuine prosperity within us, just like what Hannah gained. I hope and pray that my beloved congregation will be bestowed with the genuine prosperity in their lives. 




   

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설교일 : 2020.01.19
본문말씀 : 1 Samuel 1:19-28
설교자 : Rev. Eungyong Kim
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