We read the story of Hannah in 1 Sam. 1:1 - 2:11. Her story is very interesting and encouraging.
Hannah was one of the two wives of a man named Elkanah. This was not an unusual thing for the culture of the day. However, unlike Elkanah's other wife Hannah had been unable to give him children. Being childless was one of the worst things that a woman could deal with during that time. The Bible tells us in 1 Sam. 1:5 and 1:6 that "The Lord had closed her womb." We also see that Elkanah loved Hannah despite her barrenness. Hannah's desire for a child seem to be all that she could think about.
One day Hannah went to the tabernacle to pray. In 1 Sam. 1:10 we see that "she was in bitterness of soul and prayed and wept in anguish". In her prayer she made a vow to God that if He would send her and her husband a son that they would give him back to The Lord to work for Him "all the days of his life."
Eli the priest had been watching her mouth while she prayed. He first thought Hannah was drunk!! When had found out she was not drunk he told her to "go in peace, and the God of Israel grant your petition which you have asked of Him." (1 Sam. 1:17) Hannah went her way and her face was no longer sad. The next day they got up early and worshiped before The Lord and then returned to their home.
The Bible tells us that some time went by and Hannah gave birth to a child. And just as she had asked of The Lord it was a SON!!! After the child had been weaned Hannah did just as she had vowed to The Lord. Hannah took her son to the tabernacle and left him there to serve The Lord.
What is most amazing to me about Hannah's story is that she was able to return to The Lord that one thing she had longed for so much.
Whatever your most heartfelt prayer, just imagine finally having that answer and turning around and giving it back to God!! I wonder how many of us have prayed and made promises to God and when we got just what we wanted we "forget" that promise??
Hannah was real with her Father. She was willing to cry out to Him no matter what others around her were thinking.
Hannah's story shows us that God does listen when we cry out to Him and that He does answer our prayers. She teaches us about patience and waiting on God even if things look hopeless.
This devotion was written from the heart of Beth Reed. I would love to hear your comments.
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