Tag: Hope

Don’t Stay At Shiloh!

Vance Havnerby Vance Havner

So the woman went her way, and did eat, and her countenance was no more sad. 1 Samuel 1:18

Hannah had not been eating and she had been sad (v. 7). But now she had poured out her heart to God, and had entered into a covenant with Him, and she trusted Him for the answer to her prayer. Notice that she did not run up to Shiloh every day and “agonize” and pray the same prayer over and over. It would have looked very religious, but it would have been rankest unbelief. Instead she “went her way, and did eat,” and resumed a normal life, “and her countenance was no more sad.” She did not live in alternate hope and fear, she lived happily with a glad face.

Some of us need sorely to learn a lesson from Hannah. It is no mark of piety to return to Shiloh every day fasting and weeping. Faith settles with God and then eats a good dinner and goes its way looking happy, not hoping but believing. Nervous, uncertain souls, forever begging God, are really unbelievers. Faith takes His Word for it and lives normally and happily.

Don’t stay at Shiloh! Go your way, eat, and smile!

by Vance Havner

The Messiah Of Geza

Jonathan Cahnby Jonathan Cahn

In Isaiah 11 it’s written, “There shall come forth a rod out of the stem of Jesse…” But the word in Hebrew for “stem” is “geza.” “Geza” actually means “a stump” a “cut down tree or plant.” This Scripture is prophesying that Messiah will come forth as a twig growing out of a cut off tree stump. Thus Messiah would spring up from the broken, cut off stump of the throne and line of David.

If you look at the lives of those who are born again, you can always find some sort of tree trunk; an old life cut down, and yet out of which comes forth the life of Messiah. The life of Messiah comes forth in the cutting down of our pride, our plans, our hopes, our dreams, our happiness, our security, and all the rest of the old life. That is when Messiah’s life begins to grow. Remember that. Even now, when you see hopes, comforts, plans, securities, and dreams cut down in your life, don’t despair. For in Messiah, from every cut-down trunk, will come forth a shoot of something far better.

Today’s Mission – Today, give God your broken hopes and dreams. And surrender your current plans and desires to His will and allow Him to grow something better.

by Jonathan Cahn