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It’s hard to believe that this is my 5th post about lessons from women in the Bible, and today is all about Hannah.
There was a man named Elkanah who had two wives: Peninnah and Hannah. The former had children; the latter was barren. Elkanah loved Hannah the most, and due to jealousy, Peninnah constantly provoked her.
Hannah’s one desire was to become a mother, and she promised God that if He gave her a son, she’d give him back to the Lord. While she was praying this, Eli, the high priest, accused her of being drunk in the tabernacle because her lips were moving but no words were coming out. Hannah explained the situation and Eli blessed her.
After that, Hannah and Elkanah conceived a son, who they named Samuel. After he was weaned, Hannah took him to the tabernacle to live and be raised up as a priest.
Here are four things we can learn from Hannah’s story:
Hannah and Elkanah continued to worship God regularly, even though they didn’t have children. After Samuel was born, they continued to follow the Lord and focus on their walk with Him.
As parents, it’s so easy to let our children take “center stage” in our lives. However, one day, those children will grow up, move out, and begin lives of their own. If your marriage has been neglected all of that time, what kind of shape will it be in?
Daniel and I have learned the necessity of not only focusing on our marriage but also how important it is to keep God as our focus. We talk more about that in this post.
Hannah’s childlessness increased her prayer life. Even when God didn’t give her what she wanted, at first, she continued to be faithful in her worship.
We all experience trials in life. However, when we go through them, we need to pray more to God rather than grow resentful that we didn’t get our way. He is always on time, and has an answer to your prayer, it just may be a little farther down the road.
Hannah made a vow to God that if He’d give her son, she’d give him back to the Lord’s service. That’s exactly what she did.
I can’t imagine how difficult it was for her to leave Samuel at the tabernacle to grow up, but we need to remember that when we promise God, or anyone for that matter, to do something, that we need to do it. Hannah was blessed with more children because she kept her promise to the Lord, and you will receive blessings, too, for remaining faithful.
Eli was quick to judge and rebuke Hannah, even though his own sons lived immoral lives. While his intentions might’ve been in the right place, his approach wasn’t.
As Christians, we need to hold each other accountable. However, it should be done in a kind way. You can probably think of a time when you were corrected, yet it hurt your feelings because it wasn’t done in a considerate manner. Remember what that felt like the next time you’re the one giving advice.
I hope today’s post encourages you and that you have a great day!
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