She named the child Ichabod
1 Samuel 4:21 NKJV
Eli the High Priest lived to see his two sons killed in battle, the Ark of the Covenant captured by the Philistines, and his daughter-in-law give birth to a child called Ichabod, which means ‘the glory has departed from Israel’. There’s a lesson here. Today the devil is trying to take the Ark – God’s influence – out of our homes. Through media and peer pressure the forces of darkness are seeking to capture the minds of our children by exposing them to the wrong values. Mum, Dad, what’s being written over your house? ‘The glory has departed’, or ‘… as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord’ (Joshua 24:15 NKJV)? We are in a war, but a lot of us have not been at war! If we’re going to ‘fight the good fight’ for and with our children, we need to get our act together. Children don’t mind following someone who’s showing by example how it’s done, and who’s doing it with them. Hannah, Eli’s neighbour, was such a parent. After years of being childless she made a vow to God: ‘… If you will give me a son, I will give him back to you all his life… ‘ (1 Samuel 1:11 NCV).
God answered her prayer with Samuel, who became one of Israel’s greatest prophets. Later God gave Hannah more children ‘… so she became the mother of three sons and two daughters… ‘ (1 Samuel 2:21 NCV). That’s because He knew He could fulfil Hannah’s deepest longing and that it wouldn’t make her selfish. He knew she was more interested in His glory and benefit than she was in her own. Parent, can God trust you like that?