“There is no one holy like the Lord, there is no one beside you; there is no Rock like our God.” 1 Samuel 2:2
Today’s reading is from 1 Samuel 2. This chapter was broken up into two parts. The first part was Hannah praising God and expressing His ways are good and how He ultimately will judge on our behalf, which is where today’s scripture came from. The second part talks about Eli and how his sons were corrupt and doing evil and despite him being a high priest, in this area of his life, He wasn’t taking action and doing anything about his sons and their wicked ways. So, here the Lord told of Eli’s judgement and that it ends with him and none of his family will go on to live long lives. Intense, but like Hannah expressed in her prayer, God is the ultimate judge.
In our verse today, Hannah is praying again, after having her son Samuel, this time it is one of who He is and His goodness. In the beginning of her prayer she praises the Lord saying “There is no one holy like the Lord, there is no one beside you; there is no Rock like our God.” I found a commentary on this that says “Hannah’s heart rejoiced, not in Samuel, but in the Lord. She looks beyond the gift and praises the Giver.” (Matthew Henry Concise Commentary) I love that, she looks beyond the gift and praises the giver! When the Lord provides it’s easy to see the gift, but we need to also remember to thank the Giver. She reminds us that He is the one true God, but also that we cannot look to people or things here on earth to fill the empty places in our hearts because only God can do that, there is no one (or any thing) besides Him that can. I especially love the last line where she references Him as a Rock. I don’t know about you, but I find comfort in this description of him. In a separate commentary it says that a rock is “a frequent metaphor to describe strength, faithfulness and the unchangeableness of Jehovah [Hebrew name for God]” (Cambridge Bible Schools) Isn’t that comforting? He is strong, faithful and never changing! My thoughts immediately went to the story in Matthew 7:24-27 where Jesus said “a wise man builds his house the rock.” He is referring to our lives being built on the Lord as our foundation, and I think Hannah was talking about the same thing. That if we build our lives around money, success, power, insert whatever earthly thing we build our life upon, it is sure to crumble, but if we built it upon our Rock, God and His Word, prayer and relationship with Him, we can be confident that we are safe in God’s hands who is strong and faithful.
This reflection comes in two parts. 1. Write down three gifts the Giver He has given you and then thank Him for them. 2. Self check – Are we building our lives upon the Rock or is there something else that is keeping Him from being our foundation? Maybe you’re financially strapped, so money has consumed you or maybe you’ve been working so hard to get that next promotion and that desire has taken over? Whatever it may be, write it down also and then share it with the Lord, asking Him to free you from it, to help you to trust Him, so that you can move forward with trying to build your life upon Him, our Rock!
Lord, thank you for this beautiful praise from Hannah. Thank you for the reminder that you are the Giver of all good things. Help us to be in constant gratitude and praise for all that you give us, we know all good and all perfect things come from YOU. We know Lord that there is no one like you, that nothing in this world can ever take your place in our hearts. We thank you that you are a rock, that we can build our lives upon you, one that we know will not crumble because you are strong, faithful and never changing. I ask that you please shine light on any area in our lives where we are building on the wrong things. I pray you come into those areas and help us to put you back before them, day in and day out. Thank you for loving us and helping us as we learn more about you and strive to grow closer to you. It’s in your name, our Rock, we pray, Amen!