We shall be looking at 1 Samuel 1:1-20 which captures the plight of Hannah in her quest for a baby after a long spell of childlessness in this write up. This is a popular account from which a couple of points can be deduced. We shall consider some of them in this write up.
1. Tribulations are an unavoidable part of this world. Hannah experienced great tribulations in her quest for a child. Her plight sadly exemplifies what many childless women go through especially in societies where childlessness is frowned at. They are regularly despised, degraded, provoked, oppressed and ultimately side lined. They may even be ejected from their matrimonial homes or killed if care is not taken. However, childlessness is not the only tribulation on earth. There are many others and they come in different shapes and sizes. Be happy though, because whatever yours may be is not unrecognized or undefeatable by Jesus Christ. This we can confirm in John 16:33 where he said: ‘’…. In this world ye shall have tribulation; but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world’’.
2. You must be sincerely tired of your current unacceptable situation before you can have a release from it. Hannah was sincerely tired of her state of childlessness and that was the reason why she went to Shiloh to seek the face of God for an acceptable solution in the first place. In the same vein, you must be sincerely tired of your current, perhaps, excruciating situation before you can have a release from it. And the good news is that reprieve is possible and readily available through Jesus Christ. This he confirmed in Matthew 11:28 when he said: Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Involve Jesus Christ in your unwelcome situation today and you will have a release from it ultimately.
3. Always keep calm in the face of provocation. Whenever you are provoked, please keep calm and refrain from behaving rashly. Peninah provoked Hannah sore but she kept her cool. Prophet Eli even called her a drunk yet, she did not complain. In the end, the man of God prophesied unto her that she would have a son within one year and it came to pass. If she had behaved rashly in the face of provocation, she would have probably missed her long awaited miracle. This bring to fore what Apostle Paul pontificated in Ephesians 4:31. That is: ‘’let bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamor and evil speaking be put away from you with all malice’’.
4. Expressing genuine and enduring love is always beneficial. Elkanah expressed genuine and enduring love to Hannah his wife throughout her ordeals and his action proved very soothing and helpful to her. This is an excellent example that we must endeavor to emulate. If you want your condition to change for good then, consider expressing genuine and enduring love towards others. It is the wish of Jesus Christ that we should do so (Matthew 22:37-40). Please remember that love ‘’bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things (1 Corinthians 13:7).
5. It is rewarding to make a vow to God. If you have been trying to grapple with an issue for a long time without success, perhaps it is time for you to make a vow to God concerning it. Hannah did and she had a baby boy. Jacob also did and the Lord kept him till he returned to his father’s house (Genesis 28:10-22). What about Jephthah? He made a vow to God and he conquered the Ammonites without much ado (Judges 11: 29-33). If you make a vow to God concerning your heartfelt desires, they shall surely come to pass, possibly more quickly. You can vow to use your money, talents, position, clout etc to the glory of God. However, you must ensure that you redeem your vow to avoid infuriating him (Deuteronomy 23:21).
6. Be focused on God; your miracle is on the way. Immediately Eli made his pronouncement on Hannah she believed him, changed her countenance, became happy, ate her food, and the next day, she joined others to worship the Lord. That is, she focused on God and her miracle came to pass. If you act in the same vein, God will be attracted to you (Psalm 22:3) and your miracle will not elude you (2 Corinthians 3:17).
Let me reiterate here that you cannot easily receive any meaningful miracle from God if you haven’t accepted Jesus Christ into your life as your personal Lord and savior. If you haven’t then, do so today because tomorrow may be too late. It is my heartfelt prayer that the points highlighted above will guide you into your enduring miracle in Jesus name. Amen.
Jesus is Lord!