THEME: HOPE FOR YOU
1 Samuel 1:9-10 NKJV
“So Hannah arose after they had finished eating and drinking in Shiloh. Now Eli the priest was sitting on the seat by the doorpost of the tabernacle of the Lord. And she was in bitterness of soul, and prayed to the Lord and wept in anguish.”
–The story of Hannah and Rachel is somehow similar in distinct ways. Jacob had two wives, Leah and Rachel, while Elkanah also had two wives, Peninah and Hannah. Jacob loved Rachel more but she was barren, while Elkanah loved Hannah more and she also could not give birth. Leah made fun of Rachel and mocked her since the Lord had closed her womb, similarly Peninah provoked Hannah severally to make her miserable for her childlessness. Hannah often cried to God in prayer and during this time she had bitterness in her soul and she wept in anguish. When Eli the priest saw her, he thought that she was drunk and said to her, “How long will you be drunk? Put your wine away from you!” (1 Samuel 1:14). Hannah responded and said, “No, my Lord, I am a woman of sorrowful spirit. I have drunk neither wine nor intoxicating drink, but have poured out my soul before the Lord.” (1 Samuel 1:15). Many among us are like Hannah. They are bitter in spirit and sorrowful as they wait on the Lord for the gift of children. Some have experienced ridicule from the masses and rejection by their spouses. Eli said to Hannah, “Go in peace, and the God of Israel grant your petition which you have asked of Him.” And she said, “Let your maidservant find favor in your sight.” So the woman went her way and ate, and her face was no longer sad.” (1 Samuel 1:17-18). God is a God of hope, and is calling all those who are discouraged while waiting for the fruit of their womb and other hearts desires to take courage and rejoice in Him. Like Hannah, Sarah and Rachel who were branded as barren but they conceived, God is opening up wombs and releasing children for the glory of His name. God is also uniting couples together in marriage for His grace is sufficient to all, and His power is made perfect in weakness, and when we are weak then we are strong for He is with us and in us.
Lord You deserve all the glory and honor. You are awesome in wonder and honorable. You do great and unsearchable works. You perform wonders without number. No one can completely fathom Your plans and Your purpose is perfect for each one of us. You are faithful to keep Your promise. Like You promised Abraham that he would be a father a many nations even at an old age and You gave them a son Isaac, may You perform the same miracle to all those who are waiting on You for children and other desires. You performed the same miracle to Hannah who was bitter in spirit and You gave her a child, may You hear the prayers of all women who are crying to You for children and open up their wombs. Children are a heritage from You Lord, the fruit of the womb is a reward. Happy is the man who has his quiver full of them; for they shall not be ashamed, but shall speak with their enemies in the gate. Your promises are yes and amen, may You answer us according to Your merciful love. May You grant the grace of marriage to all those are waiting on You for spouses for You have said in Your word that none shall lack a mate. Lord You are faithful to keep Your promises. May You forgive us all our sins and remember them no more. You are loving Lord and You love us with an everlasting love, great is Your faithfulness. We pray this trusting and believe in Jesus mighty name. Amen
Further reading: Isaiah 66:7, Romans 4:19