Hannah is one of the most poignant characters in the Old Testament. Like several other women in the Bible, she was barren and strongly desired to have children!
People in ancient Israel believed that a large family was a blessing from God. Therefore, infertility, was a source of humiliation and shame. To make matters worse, her husband, who was also a bigamist had another wife, who not only bore children, but she taunted and picked at Hannah daily for her barrenness.
But Hannah never stopped praying and being a dedicated wife. She stood by her husband’s side and she continued in faith waiting on God to answer her prayer.
Once, at the house of the Lord in Shiloh, Hannah was praying so intently that her lips moved silently with the words she spoke to God in her heart.
Eli the priest saw her and accused her of being drunk. She answered that she was praying, pouring out her soul to the Lord. Touched by her pain, Eli answered, “Go in peace, and may the God of Israel grant you what you have asked of him (1 Samuel 1:17)
After Hannah and her husband Elkanah returned from Shiloh to their home at Ramah, they slept together. Scripture says, “…and the Lord remembered her.” (1 Samuel 1:19). She became pregnant, had a son, and named him Samuel, which means “God hears.”
With her earnest praying, H Hannah had made a promise to God that if she bore a son, she would give him back for God’s service.
Hannah followed through on that promise and handed her young child over at a very early age to be trained by Eli as a priest.
God continued to bless Hannah further for honoring her pledge to him. She bore three more sons and two daughters. Samuel grew up to become the last of Israel’s judges, its first prophet, and counselor to its first two kings, Saul and David.
Even though God was silent toward her request for a child for many years, she never stopped praying.
She had that faith…the faith that so many women in the Bible have….the faith that never lets you doubt Gods abilities.
Paul tells us to “pray without ceasing” (1 Thessalonians 5:17. That’s exactly what Hannah did.
Never give up….honor your promises to God and continue to give God praise daily!
Scriptures to SOAK in……
1 Samuel 1:1-28