Have you ever tried to take a sip out of a fire hose? Picture that for a moment. Go ahead, I’ll wait. Kind of humorous and horrifying at the same time, isn’t it? Like a lot of what goes on in my brain…
Hannah is a woman who experienced the fire hose of God’s blessings first-hand. She gave her first-born son, Samuel, to serve the Lord in the temple, and she didn’t mourn this loss. Chapter 2 tells us she was rejoicing in the Lord as she did so.
Hannah gave up one child and went on to have five more, which tells us something incredible:
No matter how hard you try, you can’t out-give God.
This isn’t some twisted televangelist theology – I’ll scratch Your back, God, if you scratch mine. Rather, it reminds me of watching my daughters learn to walk. We clapped and cheered and hollered every time they let go of the couch and wobbled toward us, even if it was just one step.
When we step out in faith, when we trust God with the things we treasure most, our Heavenly Father cheers us on. He rewards us, whether it’s with a closer relationship to Him, eternal rewards or even tangible things in the here and now.
And everyone who has left houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or children or lands, for my name's sake, will receive a hundredfold and will inherit eternal life. Matthew 19:29
No matter how much we pour out at His feet, Jesus is eagerly waiting to fill us up with more. More of His power. More of His peace. More of Himself. I can't imagine a better trade.