Hannah: A lesson in trusting the Lord

As you read through some of the stories that appear in the Bible studies I have chosen, some of the women had one thing in common…their inability to conceive a child.   It was considered to be a disgrace if you could not bear your husband children to carry on his name.   Some of the biggest names in the bible were barren.  I touched on Sarah, Rachel, and Elizabeth in earlier articles.

But this study focuses on a woman who I truly love in the Bible, Hannah.    I always felt for Hannah.  Year after year, she, her husband Elkanah and his other wife, Peninnah (and her sons) went up to Shiloh to give offerings to the Lord.  Year after year, Peninnah would give poor Hannah so much grief that she had no children, that it would cause her so much heartbreak, that she would only cry and cry and not eat.   And her husband, bless his heart, tried to assuage her grief.  He gave her double portions of meat because he loved her so dearly.  But he really didn’t understand that giving her things wouldn’t  make up for what she was missing.  A child.   Have you ever experienced that?  Thinking that you can fill the hole in your heart with things?  But it never really helps make you feel any better?  You just have more stuff?  And the Bible tells us several times that God had closed her womb, so we can’t even blame her childlessness on Satan.

So this year, like every other she went up to Shiloh to give offerings to the Lord, but this year, she did something different.   Listen to her prayer in 1 Samuel 1:11 “  O LORD Almighty, if you will only look upon your servant’s misery and remember me, and not forget your servant but give her a son, then I will give him to the LORD for all the days of his life, and no razor will ever be used on his head.”    She trusted in the Lord enough to lay her pain out solely to Him, the great Healer.   She wanted HIM to heal her wounds.  She knew that nothing or nobody could replace the hole in her heart like the Lord.

She prayed so much that the temple priest, Eli, thought she was drunk.  But she assured him that she was not drunk, but that she was deeply troubled and pouring her soul out to the Lord.   Eli blessed her and sent her on her way.   When she went back home, she slept with her husband, the Lord remembered Hannah and opened her womb, and she conceived a son.

Notice one thing that is different from Sarah and Rachel.   Hannah (like Elizabeth) didn’t take things into her own hands.   She left them in God’s hands.  And she let God fill the missing hole in her life.   She trusted that God’s will would be done, and if he saw fit that she would have a child, that she would.   I strive to be so much like her.  I do have children, but I don’t have a really nice new car.  You want in on a secret….I don’t want one if God doesn’t want me to have one.   If it is God’s will that I have something like that, then I will.  In the meantime, I won’t be filling my driveway with new cars every 3 years or when a lease runs out.   I am satisfied with my 22 year old Crown Vic in my driveway.   It runs and it fills a need that I have.

Do you ever have that feeling like there is something missing in your life, and you’ve been trying to fill that hole with stuff?  It still doesn’t feel better at all, does it?   Go to the Lord and let the Lord bless you with gifts from him.   Let him fill your emptiness, like Hannah did.  She had her son, weaned him and gave him back to the Lord, just like she promised.    In those years that she didn’t have a child, she still praised God for what she had.  Have you done that recently?  Thanked God for what you have instead of grumbled about what you don’t have?   Seek God and he will bless your lives with more than you can imagine.   Will you give him that chance?

7 Comments

  1. I really needed this today. Thank you.

  2. At exactly 4 years of infertility I can feel the pain that Hannah suffered, and am also at the stage of praising God even in INFERTILITY! He always provides a way and knows what’s best…it’s awesomely amazing!!!

    Lisa

  3. Thank you SpicyNutmeg, we can always be reminded to look at our clouds with silver linings as against the dross that we gravitate towards.

    My car situation was sssssooooo bad that I had 6 kids crammed into it and it was a standard 5 seater. We had seatbelts on the bitsies but it was a dire situation for a time.

    I refused, like you, to cave to the pressure around me and we sang and laughed and got through the inconveniences with humor instead of giving way to embarrassment, which could have been really easy as we live in an affluent area.

    We have chosen to put our finances into our brood of 7 and have never been lacking for anything from the Lord. God bless you in your cheerfulness towards what you do have.

    My heart ached when I read NurseBettylBoop’s comment. Lady, even the name of Hannah’s son, Samuel, means ‘asked of God’ so as of today, I am going to ask the Lord Jesus to place a special blessing from Him in your very ready womb.

    I have prayed for many couples to conceive ….with their permission, of course… and if I have yours, you have a willing prayer partner in your wonderful desire for a child.

    I am going to hazard a wild guess that you are well endowed in the boopie (bettyboop style) department so how about a darling little wee one to nuzzle against your welcoming breasts. Sounds good to me, huh?

    smokeypuss.

  4. Thanks smokeypuss! I appreciate any prayers and prayer warriors! We went through our second miscarriage last week, and I can still PRAISE Him for keeping me safe, sane, and providing the means to find out if future miscarriages are preventable, or if we will be bringing an adoptee to the family! Either way…I’m in love with my future child(ren), my husband, and my Lord!!!!!

  5. Hello NurseBettyBoop,

    I am so saddened to hear that news. My heart aches for you and your husband.

    Through 24 years of serving the Lord Jesus, I have seen many childless couples holding babies through faithful prayer. It is a fight. I LOVE TAKING ON THIS KIND OF CHALLENGE!!

    Just as people tie strings on their fingers…figuratively of course….I will remember to pray for your marriage to be blessed with children whenever I notice a well endowed, buxom woman. ( A Betty Boop so to speak ) That won’t be hard so you could be prayed for a whole bunch 😉

    smokeypuss.

  6. Thank you again! The prayers are already working as we found out yesterday that I have a genetic mutation that makes it difficult to process folic acid and creates mini clots. These clots were what contributed to the 2 miscarriages. The plan now is to mega dose with Folic Acid, take 1 baby aspirin a day, and take blood thinner shots throught conception and pregnancy. We are fairly certain that the Lord gave us these answers to show us that we will conceive and hold in our arms our very own child!

    I’m so happy to be a broken person! It makes God a lot more obvious in your life if He spends time there fixing it all up!!!!

  7. Whahooo. What a great praise report NurseBettyBoop.

    How glorious that you have gotten at least SOMETHING to work with. You sound amazing in your post already so I can’t wait to hear how you sound once you are cuddling a bitsy darling of your own.

    Whatever you do, make sure you get all over your man as you both head towards being parents. Don’t let the fire go out of your bed romps and make them extra poignant as you fully realize that ‘ this could be a love making time when we could make our precious baby ‘. Baby-making love making is incredibly beautiful.

    Will keep praying for you, lady.

    smokeypuss.


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