1 Samuel 1
GOD'S PLAN - 1). Hannah went to the temple to pray and weep before the Lord. (v.10) God uses different things to draw us close to Him. If Hannah had children already, she probably wouldn't have been there, waiting on God. Always let the circumstances of life draw us closer to God. 2). God used Hannah to bring Samuel into the world to help Eli and the Hebrew people. (v.20) Eli had accused Hannah of being drunk. Yet God used Hannah to bring help to Eli. Sometimes, God will use the most unlikely things to help us in our times of need, an answer our prayers.
1 Samuel 2
GOD'S PLAN - 1). He will turn things around. (v.4,5) The warrior might be strong now, but God will break his bow. Those who stumbled will be armed with strength. The hungry will be fed while those who had food will go hungry. God will take care of His people and reward those who worship Him with a humble heart. 2). God oversees the course of life. (v.6,7) The same God rules over life and death, poverty and wealth, humility and honor. All things find their beginnings in God and His plan. We must look to Him for all things, the source of life. 3). God is in charge of our foundation. (v.8,9) He put the earth in its' place; He rules over every place that we set our feet. He will take the righteous to high place, and the wicked to places of ruin. 4). God is the strength of our lives. (v.10) He empowers His kings, His anointed, His ambassadors on this earth. Whenever we are strong, it is because God has given us His power.