We have studied women before who struggled with infertility. The situation of being barren was a trial for the woman -- she could be accused of having sin in her life, so that God was not able to bless her with children. Other women would sometimes look down on her, or even ridicule her. Perhaps her husband would look on her with puzzlement and then scorn, for her not being able to have children.
The woman in this story was surely blessed, for her husband adored her. She received double portions from him because of his deep love for her, and he encouraged her and tried to cheer her.
Today's passage is lengthy, but let's read together:
I guess the first thing that jumped out at me was this: Sarah and Rachel, ladies that we've already studied, had the same problem. Exactly the same problem, but Hannah addressed it in a very different way. Instead of trying to solve the problem herself, she took her problem directly to God. Hannah could have very easily slipped into resentment, bitter feelings, and depression, but she went to the God she trusted and poured out her heart to Him.
And He heard.
And He took care of things.
I've heard it said that if you keep reading different passages of the Word, and the Spirit keeps bringing you back to the same concept or principle, it must be because you need to hear it. Well, I know for a fact that I need reminding of this principle! If I will tell Him about a problem, and then wait on Him, He will solve that problem. Maybe not as quickly as I'd like, but in His timing.
We'll continue with Hannah's story next time . . .