I love happy endings, don’t you? That’s why I love the story of Hannah in the Bible. Hannah was a good wife to Elkanah but she couldn’t bear any children. Back then, that was the worst possible thing that could happen to a woman. In fact, a childless woman was often divorced, or another wife was added to fulfill the child-bearing duties. Either way, the non-child producing wife lived a bitter existence. Well, this is what poor Hannah faced every single day.
Even though Elkanah told Hannah that he loved her the most, Peninnah was the wife having all the babies. And, to make matters worse, Peninnah constantly taunted Hannah about her inability to conceive. Can’t you just imagine the tension in that household?
Hannah became quite depressed over the situation and she prayed earnestly for God to give her a child of her own. Then, she promised God that if He gave her a son, she would consecrate him to the Lord’s service all of his life. God heard her prayer and she became pregnant with Samuel.
…she cried out to God and trusted Him to meet her needs.
You can imagine her delight. I bet she strutted her pregnant self in front of Peninnah every chance she got, don’t you? But then, it came time to follow through on her vow to God. After raising her only baby for several years, nursing him, and loving him, she delivered Samuel to the House of the Lord, turning him over the Eli the priest. Hannah followed through and honored God because He had honored her. Don’t you imagine her heart ached as she journeyed home without her son?
But, Hannah’s story doesn’t end there because you can never out give God. He loves to give blessings to His children. So, God caused Hannah to become pregnant with several more children. She was no longer the barren wife of the house. God had changed all of that.
Whatever you’re struggling with today—give it to God.
We can learn much from Hannah’s beautiful heart. She didn’t take matters into her own hands and throttle Peninnah, although her flesh probably wanted to do just that. Instead, she cried out to God and trusted Him to meet her needs. That blesses God. He loves it when we come to Him as our Abba Father and say, “Father God, I can’t change this situation, but I know You can. So, I’m trusting You to do so in Your perfect timing.”
Whatever you’re struggling with today—give it to God. Trust Him and begin to praise Him even before your situation changes, knowing that He is at work even when you can’t see Him working. Rejoice today! Your Heavenly Father has a happy ending waiting just for you.
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