by Ernest Easley

How to Move Forward When Stuck in Neutral
Ernest L. Easley
1 Samuel 1

As you're turning to 1 Samuel 1 I want to ask you a personal question this morning: is your life stuck in neutral? I mean when you look at your life today, it just doesn't seem to be going anywhere. It's not moving forward like you had hoped and dreamed. It's not really moving backward, it's just not moving and you're stuck in neutral.

Soon after Julie and I got married, I thought it would be a good idea to buy a car that had better gas mileage than we currently had. So one day I decided to trade in our car and come home with another car: a Subaru. Not just any Subaru, a standard transmission Subaru.

The salesman explained to me that by buying a standard transmission car that I would get better gas mileage. Well what was good for my mileage turned out not good for my marriage. I didn't know it at the time, but my wife had never learned how to drive a standard transmission. I also learned that I didn't have the gift of teaching how to drive one either.

To her credit, she tried. When it came to driving that car, she was stuck in neutral and the more she tried to put it in gear, the worse things got.

Well from 1 Samuel chapter 1 I want to introduce you to a woman whose life like some of yours was stuck in neutral. Her life was going no where. But what she did eventually got her life out of neutral and into gear moving her forward.

Her name was Hannah and it's from her life today that I want to show you

How to Move Forward When You're Stuck in Neutral

1 Samuel 1.1-7

1 Now there was a certain man of Ramathaim Zophim, of the mountains of Ephraim, and his name was Elkanah the son of Jeroham, the son of Elihu, the son of Tohu, the son of Zuph, an Ephraimite. 2 And he had two wives: the name of one was Hannah, and the name of the other Peninnah. Peninnah had children, but Hannah had no children. 3 This man went up from his city yearly to worship and sacrifice to the Lord of ...

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