In due time Hannah conceived and bore a son. She named him Samuel, for she said, “I have asked him of the LORD.” The man Elkanah and all his household went up to offer to the LORD the yearly sacrifice, and to pay his vow. But Hannah did not go up, for she said to her husband, “As soon as the child is weaned, I will bring him, that he may appear in the presence of the LORD, and remain there forever; I will offer him as a nazirite for all time.” Her husband Elkanah said to her, “Do what seems best to you, wait until you have weaned him; only—may the LORD establish his word.” So the woman remained and nursed her son, until she weaned him. When she had weaned him, she took him up with her, along with a three-year-old bull, an ephah of flour, and a skin of wine. She brought him to the house of the LORD at Shiloh; and the child was young. Then they slaughtered the bull, and they brought the child to Eli. And she said, “Oh, my lord! As you live, my lord, I am the woman who was standing here in your presence, praying to the LORD. For this child I prayed; and the LORD has granted me the petition that I made to him. Therefore I have lent him to the LORD; as long as he lives, he is given to the LORD.” (1 Samuel 1:20-28, NRSV)
As soon as the child is weaned I will bring him so he may stay forever!
How many of you would give your child, the one you had been waiting on to the Lord?
Well here is the thing. We all need to do that.
And I don’t mean figuratively either. Because all of our children are a gift to us from God. They are given to us to raise them and lead them into a life that God has called them to.
We are their spiritual guides and need to return them to the one who gave them to us.
Children are a gift from God. So give them back to the one who gave them to you.