Read: 1 Samuel 1:1 – 2:11
Then Hannah prayed and said:
“My heart rejoices in the Lord;
in the Lord my horn is lifted high.
My mouth boasts over my enemies,
for I delight in your deliverance.” 1 Samuel 2:1
Today’s passage gives us a pretty close look at Hannah’s life. It’s clear that she had a husband who dearly loved her and made sure that she was well cared for. It’s also clear that she lived with enormous pain and disappointment, longing for a child of her own, yet remaining childless. And to add to her despair, Elkanah’s other wife hurled insults at her day after day after day, constantly picking at an already deep wound.
How did Hannah handle her grief and disappointment? The text is so clear in this – Hannah didn’t do anything. She was sad, certainly. But in the face of constant insults from Peninnah, she remained quiet. She continued to go to the House of the Lord and worship, pouring out her anguish before the Lord.
Even when she was rebuked by Eli for apparent drunkenness, she didn’t return his insult with an angry defense. With humility and respect, she answered his accusation in a way that resulted in Eli giving her a blessing.
So what DID Hannah do? She took her immense hurt and disappointment and laid it before the Lord. Continually. She trusted in Him and that was enough. And I think that’s what allowed her to pray as she did in 1 Samuel 2:1-10. It’s not so much a prayer of thanksgiving but rather a prayer of tremendous praise!
“There is no rock like our God.”
“…for the Lord is a God who knows.”
“The Lord brings death and makes alive.”
“The foundations of the earth are the Lord’s.”
Verse after verse Hannah is praising God for who He is. Who she knows Him to be. Who He has proven Himself to be.
In her situation it would have been so easy and so human to fall into bitterness and resentment. To retaliate against Peninnah and have a sharp reply for Eli. But Hannah was a woman who knew God, who trusted Him completely, and who knew the best way to deal with hurts and insults was to leave them at the feet of the God who loves her. What blessing she received for her faithfulness!
When we’re able to do the same, to let go and let God, so to speak, we leave room for God to show us – and the watching world – who He is, what He does, how He is victorious. It’s His to handle and He’s faithful to do it!
Lord, thank you that we can lay our hurts at your feet and walk in peace knowing that you are able and you are faithful. You are so good, Lord. Help me to sense your loving arms around me today and help me to trust you completely. I love you, Lord! Amen.