It is interesting that the name Hannah has been given. It follows the names that were given months ago for this years hurricane season. Gustov, the present one bearing down upon the Gulf of Mexico means Staff or Rod of God, or the gods, as secular's say. Hannah is next in line as she forms in the Atlantic Ocean.
The reason the name Hannah is interesting is that one lady of Biblical and historical importance was named Hannah. She is the mother of Samuel. I thought of her prayer when she conceived her promised, long awaited son. Her prayer could very well fit the spiritual circumstances we as American citizens face in our present environment of pushing out of society everything and anything that speaks of God. Our dependence as a nation on our self reliance, which is much toughted as a national virtue, our confidence in our super power military machine, our confidence that we can fix or recover from any event in short order, may very well be the result of powerful Gustov approaching our shores.
Will a national prayer of recognition of who God is follow possible disaster? Will it finally sink into our national psychic that we are not really in control of our destiny? Will the majority of Americans NOT vote for a party that supports abortion on demand, gay marriage and rights, and the further compromise against anything that stands for Godly living? The remaining national party has divided Israel and compromises on most issues to win elections. There is no party that fears or even openly speaks of God.
Hannah's prayer gives great insight in several areas. As a nation, we should pay attention and learn her prayer. It can be found in 1 Samuel chapter 2.
1. There is none holy as the LORD: for there is none beside Thee: neither is there any rock like our God.
2. Talk no more exceeding proudly; let not arrogance come out of your mouth; for the LORD is a God of knowledge, and by Him actions are weighed.
3. The bows of the mighty men are broken, and they that stumbled are girded with strength. They that were full have hired out themselves for bread, and they that were hungry ceased; so that the barren hath born seven; and she that hath many children is waxed feeble.
4. The LORD killeth, and maketh alive; He bringeth down to the grave, and bringeth up. The LORD maketh poor, and maketh rich; He bringeth low and lifteth up.
5. He raiseth up the poor out of the dust, and lifteth up the beggar from the dung hill, to set them among princes, and to make them inherit the throne of glory: for the pillars of the earth are the LORD'S, and He hath set the world upon them.
6. He will keep the feet of His saints, and the wicked shall be silent in darkness; for by strength shall no man prevail.
7. The adversaries of the LORD shall be broken to pieces; out of heaven shall He thunder upon them; the LORD shall judge the ends of the earth; and He shall give strength unto His king, and exalt the horn of His anointed.
Until we recognize this on a national level there is no hope for our nation. The trouble has just begun. Hurricane Rita was a warning; we did not listen. We thumbed our noses and continued to force the division of Israel. We continued to promote the gay agenda in many areas of our nations. Abortion rages on; millions of babies have been torn from the wombs of our women. Murder continues in our streets and the country side. Most workers are not paid a fair wage because of the greed of our muti national businesses. There is no true word coming from most of the pulpits in our nation; only how to enrich yourself and use Jesus as a piggy bank to riches. Nothing about the poor and needy, nothing about the lost and dying and forgotten in society.
Unless we learn the prayer of Hannah, and recognize the might, holiness, righteousness of the One who sits in the Heavens, we are doomed as a nation. We are but dust weighed in the balances, as Isaiah says, and we have come up short. Way short, when we consider the light that has shown from sea to shining sea in the revivals of years past. The multitudes that were saved under the ministry of William Booth; the founder of the Salvation Army, those saved under the ministries of men like George Whitfield and Dwight L. Moody have died and gone on to their eternal reward.
What about us?
Gustov roars; Hannah pleads for repentance. I pray this evening on the eve of possibly great destruction to a section of America, Oh God, in judgment, remember mercy!
As His children we need not fear. He knows those who are His.