God is good—always, good. But, he is not simple, nor simply “safe.”
In just a few short words, Jesus has revealed his own name, and has thereby shown himself to be LORD. “Before Abraham was, I am.”
When God satisfied Hannah’s desires, she entrusted them back to God. How could someone who prayed in anguish for a child now offer a prayer of praise in giving her son back to the LORD?
Who is God, and what is he like? How should we look for his image in children and young adults? What does that mean for our parenting, our teaching, and our interactions with kids in our neighborhoods and congregations, whether those kids are well known to us or unfamiliar faces?
When we worry about couples getting married “too young” (or “too late in life” or “with such a difference between her age and his”), we are often worrying about bigger things. Not only: Will they have a good marriage? But also: Does each of them know who they are and what they want? Will both of them be able to follow their dreams, achieve their goals, meet their potential?
In this passage we read: “He could not keep his presence a secret.” Puzzling, isn’t it? That the King of the Universe could not do this one small thing?