“And it came to pass, as she continued praying before the Lord, that Eli marked her mouth. Now Hannah, she spake in her heart; only her lips moved, but her voice was not heard: therefore Eli thought she had been drunken. And Eli said unto her, How long wilt thou be drunken? put away thy wine from thee.”
1 Samuel 1:12-14 KJV
Bitterness, sorrow, unable to conceive Hannah was the mockery of all of the local housewives. Hannah was married to Elkanah, he also has a second wife Penninah who was able to conceive children (1 Samuel 1:2). I can only imagine the tension in their household and Hannah was so sad the Bible states that “she did not eat” (1 Samuel 1:7-8). Although filled with anger and bitterness she prayed and vowed to God that if he bless her with a son that he will be given back to God all the days of his life (1 Samuel 1:11). However, in the midst of what I’m sure was a very fervent prayer Hannah was thought to be drunk by the priest Eli, her mouth moved without a single sound coming out (1 Samuel 1:13-15). I’m quite positive that in that very moment Eli could feel this woman’s pain and grants her petition. Hannah eventually conceived a son and named him Samuel – “because I have asked him of the Lord.” (1 Samuel 1:20). Samuel in turn became an amazing Man of God and prophet for the people of Israel.
Has something in your life been so bad that it caused you to slide into a state of depression like Hannah?
Are you in a season of waiting to conceive spiritually?
I believe that we can take away a lot from Hannah’s story. Obedience over sacrifice in turn harvested her reward from God. Although she was filled with sadness Hannah understood that if anyone could do it (((GOD could))). She turned to him, poured her heart out in prayer and made a covenant with God to give her child back to him. So in your season of waiting to conceive what God has already promised you, don’t be envious of others because, just like Hannah your time is coming and what you are about to birth it’s going to blow your mind.
“There is none holy as the Lord: for there is none beside thee: neither is there any rock like our God.”
1 Samuel 2:2 KJV