“And she vowed a vow and said, ‘O Lord of hosts, if you will indeed look on the affliction of your servant and remember me and not forget your servant, but will give to your servant a son, then I will give him to the Lord all the days of his life, and no razor shall touch his head.'” (ESV – Read the chapter)
Check out Hannah’s vow here. The last major judge of the people of Israel prior to Eli (who, while personally faithful, was not a great father and whose sons were faithfully carrying on the terrible legacy of the era) was Samson. Given Hannah’s vow here, Samuel was in some ways the anti-Samson.
Both were the children of prayer and promise. Both were heralded as having a big future in leading the people of Israel. Both had the Nazirite vow made over them before they were conceived. And yet, Samuel was faithful in a way Samson never was.
Our God is in the business of redemption. He is in the business of saving His people. He takes our broken situations and turns them around to make us whole. That’s just the kind of God we serve.