Womb closed by the Lord1 Samuel 1:1 NET There was a man fromRamathaim Zophim, from the hill country of Ephraim, whose name was Elkanah. He was the son of Jeroham, the son of Elihu, the son of Tohu, the son of Zuph, an Ephraimite.
2 He had two wives; the name of the first was Hannah and the name of the secondwas Peninnah. Now Peninnah had children,but Hannah was childless. 3 Year after year this man would go up from his city to worship and to sacrifice to the LORD of hosts at Shiloh. It was there that the twosons of Eli, Hophni and Phineas, served as the LORDs priests.
4 Whenever the day came for Elkanah to sacrifice, he used to give meat portions to his wife Peninnah and to all her sons and daughters. 5 But he would give a double portion to Hannah, because he especiallyloved her. Now the LORD had not enabled her to have children.
Provoked by her rival 1 Samuel 1:6 NET Her rival wife used to upset her and make her worry, for the LORD had not enabled her to havechildren. 7 Peninnah would behave this wayyear after year. Whenever Hannah went up to the LORDs house, Peninnah would upset her so that she would weep and refuse to eat.
8 Finally her husband Elkanah said to her, "Hannah, why do you weep and not eat?Why are you so sad? Am I not better to you than ten sons?"
Women of faith are not without problems in this life. The righteous often suffer. (remember Job) Sarah likewise suffered ridicule from her handmaiden Hagar
Genesis 16:3 NET So after Abram had lived in Canaan for ten years, Sarai, Abrams wife, gave Hagar, her Egyptian servant, toher husband to be his wife. 4 He had sexual relations with Hagar, and she became pregnant. Once Hagar realized she waspregnant, she despised Sarai. 5 Then Sarai said to Abram, “You have brought this wrong on me!
I allowed my servant to have sexual relations with you, but when she realized that she was pregnant, she despised me.May the LORD judge between you and me!” We should not let others deter our trust in the Lord. Hannah could have used her misfortune and mistreatment as an excuse. Yet yearafter year Hannah continued to worship the Lord
1 Samuel 1:7 NET Peninnah would behavethis way year after year. Whenever Hannah went up to the LORDs house, Peninnah would upset her so that she would weep and refuse to eat. Women of faith have problems just like other women. What distinguishes them as women of faith is what they do when faced with their problems.
With the bitterness of soul. With weeping in anguish.1 Samuel 1:10 NET She was very upset as she prayed to the LORD, and she was weeping uncontrollably.
With offers of a solemn vow 1 Samuel 1:11 NET She made a vow saying, "O LORD of hosts, if you will look with compassion on the suffering of your female servant, remembering me and not forgetting your servant, and give a male child to your servant, then I will dedicatehim to the LORD all the days of his life. His hair will never be cut."
With persistence 1 Samuel 1:12 NET As she continuedpraying to the LORD, Eli was watching her mouth. With her heart 1 Samuel 1:13 NET Now Hannah wasspeaking from her heart. Although her lipswere moving, her voice was inaudible. Eli therefore thought she was drunk.
With all her soul 1 Samuel 1:15 NET But Hannah replied,"Thats not the way it is, my lord! I am under a great deal of stress. I have drunk neitherwine nor beer. Rather, I have poured out my soul to the LORD. 16 Don’t consider your servant a wicked woman, for until now I have spoken from my deep pain and anguish."
With faith in Gods promise1 Samuel 1:18 NET She said, "May I, your servant, find favor in your sight." So thewoman went her way and got something to eat. Her face no longer looked sad.
Pray fervently She put her soul in her prayers. Pray persistently She continued steadfastly in prayers.Colossians 4:2 NET Be devoted to prayer, keeping alert in it with thanksgiving.
Pray faithfully She believed that God would answer her prayers. 1 John 5:14 NET And this is the confidence that we have before him: thatwhenever we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. 15 And if we know thathe hears us in regard to whatever we ask, then we know that we have the requests that we have asked from him.
Women of faith believe in the effectiveness of prayer. God takes notice of such faith,2 Chronicles 16:9 NET Certainly the LORD watches the whole earth carefully and isready to strengthen those who are devoted to him. You have acted foolishly in this matter; from now on you will have war.
1 John 3:21 NET Dear friends, if ourconscience does not condemn us, we haveconfidence in the presence of God, 22 and whatever we ask we receive from him,because we keep his commandments and do the things that are pleasing to him. 23 Now this is his commandment: that webelieve in the name of his Son Jesus Christ and love one another, just as he gave us the commandment.
24 And the person who keeps hiscommandments resides in God, and God inhim. Now by this we know that God resides in us: by the Spirit he has given us.So we should not be surprised to see as we continue reading that....
When the Lord remembered her.1 Samuel 1:19 NET They got up early the next morning and after worshiping the LORD, they returned to their home atRamah. Elkanah had marital relations with his wife Hannah, and the LORD remembered her.
When the Lord gave her a son, whom she named Samuel. ("heard of God; asked of God") 1 Samuel 1:20 NET After some timeHannah became pregnant and gave birth toa son. She named him Samuel, thinking, "I asked the LORD for him.
God gives us what we want, but, it must be according to His will.1 John 5:14 NET And this is the confidencethat we have before him: that whenever weask anything according to his will, he hears us. 15 And if we know that he hears us in regard to whatever we ask, then we know that we have the requests that we have asked from him.
We must abide in His words.John 15:7 NET If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you want, and it will be done for you.Selfish prayers will not be answered as we wish. James 4:3 NET you ask and do not receive because you ask wrongly, so you can spend it on your passions.
God will always provide what we need. It may not be what we want or expect. But it will meet our needs, and be for our good.Matthew 6:33 NET But above all pursue his kingdom and righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Romans 8:28 NET And we know that allthings work together for good for those who love God, who are called according to his purpose,
In Hannahs case, she received what sheasked for. But she had made a vow, and as we read on, we see that she planned to keep her promise.1 Samuel 1:21 NET This man Elkanah went up with all his family to make the yearly sacrifice to the LORD and to keep his vow,
22 but Hannah did not go up with them. Instead she told her husband, "Once theboy is weaned, I will bring him and appearbefore the LORD, and he will remain there from then on." She carried out what she promised.1 Samuel 1:24 NET Once she had weaned him, she took him up with her, along with three bulls, an ephah of flour, and a container of wine.
She brought him to the LORDs house at Shiloh, even though he was young. 25 Once the bull had been slaughtered, they brought the boy to Eli. 26 She said, "Justas surely as you are alive, my lord, I am thewoman who previously stood here with you in order to pray to the LORD.
27 I prayed for this boy, and the LORD has given me the request that I asked of him. She worshipped the Lord.28 Now I dedicate him to the LORD. Fromthis time on he is dedicated to the LORD." Then they worshiped the LORD there.
We should keep our vows. God has no pleasure in fools who do not keep their vows.Ecclesiastes 5:4 NET When you make avow to God, do not delay in paying it. ForGod takes no pleasure in fools: Pay what you vow! 5 It is better for you not to vow than to vow and not pay it.
As Christians, even our yes and no are as solemn vows. Matthew 5:33 NET "Again, you have heard that it was said to an older generation, Donot break an oath, but fulfill your vows to the Lord. (Lev 19:12)
34 But I say to you, do not take oaths at all — not by heaven, because it is the throne of God, 35 not by earth, because it is hisfootstool, and not by Jerusalem, because itis the city of the great King. 36 Do not takean oath by your head, because you are notable to make one hair white or black. 37 Let your word be Yes, yes or No, no. More than this is from the evil one.
James 5:12 NET And above all, mybrothers and sisters, do not swear, either by heaven or by earth or by any other oath. But let your "Yes" be yes and your "No" be no, so that you may not fall into judgment. We should worship the Lord. Fulfillment of vows or promises should not be done begrudgingly. We should with gratitude of heart do the will of the Lord.
Colossians 3:17 NET And whatever you doin word or deed, do it all in the name of theLord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him. Finally, we note Hannahs prayer of thanksgiving (1 Sam 2:1-10), which isreminiscent of Marys Magnificat (Lk 1:46- 55). Both prayers reveal that…
With great joy in her heart. 1 Samuel 2:1 NET Hannah prayed, "My heart rejoices in the LORD; my horn isexalted high because of the LORD. I loudlydenounce my enemies, for I am happy that you delivered me. With praise for the Lord for His help. 1 Samuel 2:2 NET No one is holy like the LORD! There is no one other than you! There is no rock like our God!
3 Don’t keep speaking so arrogantly, lettingproud talk come out of your mouth! For the LORD is a God who knows; he evaluateswhat people do. 4 The bows of warriors areshattered, but those who stumble find theirstrength reinforced. 5 Those who are well- fed hire themselves out to earn food, but the hungry no longer lack.
Even the barren woman gives birth to seven, but the one with many children withers away. 6 The LORD both kills andgives life; he brings down to the grave and raises up. 7 The LORD impoverishes andmakes wealthy; he humbles and he exalts.8 He lifts the weak from the dust; he raises the poor from the ash heap to seat them with princes and to bestow on them an honored position.
The foundations of the earth belong to the LORD, and he has placed the world onthem. 9 He watches over his holy ones, but the wicked are made speechless in thedarkness, for it is not by ones own strength that one prevails. The LORD shatters hisadversaries; he thunders against them from the heavens. The LORD executes judgment to the ends of the earth. He will strengthen his king and exalt the power of his anointed one."
We should rejoice in blessings received. For we are to rejoice always. 1 Thessalonians 5:16 NET Always rejoice,
How much more so when we have received blessings from the Lord! We should offer praise for blessings received. As Davidoffered thanks, and promised to praise God.Psalms 18:49 NET So I will give you thanks before the nations, O LORD! I will sing praises to you!
Praising God is how Christians offer spiritual sacrifices to God.Hebrews 13:15 NET Through him then letus continually offer up a sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of our lips, acknowledging his name.
“HannaH - A Woman Of Faith" serves to remind us that all women of faith... ENDURE REAL PROBLEMS EXTEND VIBRANT PRAYERS EXPERIENCE GODS PROVISIONS EXCEL AT KEEPING PROMISES EXPRESS THEIR PRAISE
Today, anyone can become a person of faith...Even though you face many problems. If you are willing to come to God in prayerful obedience to the gospel of Christ. Receive the gift of salvation provided through Gods Son. Remain true to yourcommitment to His authority as Lord of yourlife. Offer your life and the fruit of your lips in praise to Him.
May everyone, whether male or female, beable to say together with Hannah: 1 Samuel2:1 NET Hannah prayed, "My heart rejoices in the LORD; my horn is exalted high because of the LORD. I loudly denounce my enemies, for I am happy that you delivered me.