1 Samuel 1:4-20 New Revised Standard Version
Everything happens for a reason and everything has a season! Often we are not sure of the reason and we don’t always understand the season. A season is when there is something turbulent or troublesome in our life and we are not sure when it will end.
Israel is again in a place of uncertainty. God has promised them deliverance, but Hannah is barren which means she is without child. How will Israel survive to the next stage of life?
Remember Hannah’s name means “gracious” or “graciousness” or “favor.”
Israel (and we today) quickly forget about the deliverance of God’s hand on our behalf. No one has the ability to control time, but God creates and controls time. Hannah is a symbol for Israel’s future behavior before the LORD.
Cry and lament before God!
So it went on year by year; as often as she went up to the house of the Lord, she used to provoke her. Therefore Hannah wept and would not eat. Her husband Elkanah said to her, “Hannah, why do you weep? Why do you not eat? Why is your heart sad? Am I not more to you than ten sons?” 1 Samuel 1:7-8
Surrender as a vessel for God’s future!
She made this vow: “O Lord of hosts, if only you will look on the misery of your servant, and remember me, and not forget your servant, but will give to your servant a male child, then I will set him before you as a nazirite until the day of his death. He shall drink neither wine nor intoxicants, and no razor shall touch his head.” 1 Samuel 1:11
Wait on God’s next move!
Then Eli answered, “Go in peace; the God of Israel grant the petition you have made to him.” And she said, “Let your servant find favor in your sight.” Then the woman went to her quarters, ate and drank with her husband, and her countenance was sad no longer. 1 Samuel 1:17-18
Hear the W.O.W., the Words of Wisdom,
“In due time, God remembers us!”