Summary: Hannah faces a problem but she prays and experienced God's provision. When in hardships, watch how you respond. Hannah believes in prayer and eventually saw the miraculous work of God in her life.
Today is Mother’s Day, so I thought we would take a look at Prophet Samuel’s mother Hannah.
• She is a woman of faith. Despite her very difficult situation, she did not lose faith in God.
• She frequented the house of the Lord and “pour out her soul to the Lord” (v.15). She pleaded for God’s favour. She “kept on praying to the Lord” (v.12), asking God to do what only He could do.
• God answered her prayers, and blessed her with the desire of her heart. Not just one son (Samuel) but eventually 3 more sons and 2 daughters (v.21).
(1) A Woman of Faith Has PROBLEMS WATCH YOUR RESPONSE
We have this tendency to think that the heroes of faith in the Bible were somehow different than we are or that they were immune from problems because of their faith.
• This is a skewed understanding of realities. They all faced the same hardships and problems as we do.
• Righteous people do suffer, and probably more so in those times than ours.
• The BIG difference was HOW they responded to the problems.
• Despite her misfortune and mistreatment, Hannah continued to worship God year after year.
Hannah was barren and in the Jewish culture, considered a curse.
• She was mocked at each time she comes to the house of the Lord.
• She wept and would not eat. Even her husband’s special treatment (v.5) and comforting words (v.8) were unable to console her.
• She was so deeply troubled that when she poured out her soul to God in prayer, she looked like a drunkard woman.
Who says a man or woman of faith will not cry? Who says a devout “servant of God” will never face disappointments? Ask Elijah, and he would tell you there was one time he wanted to end his life.
• God has allowed the good things and the bad things to come to our lives, but with a divine purpose – a purpose that is often beyond us.
• Solomon says, “When times are good, be happy; but when times are bad, consider: God has made the one as well as the other.” (Eccl 7:14)
There will be times of disappointment. There will be times we’ll be greatly discouraged. Christians face REAL problems, not fake ones.
• The important thing is what you do when you are disappointed and discouraged.
• Do you respond like Job’s wife: “Curse God and die.” (2:9) or like Job: “In all this, Job did not sin in what he said.” (2:10)
• You can wallow in self-pity, you can blame self, people or God, or you can choose to bring it to God and ask God for help.
• That sounds easy but it would take FAITH. We RESPOND WITH FAITH – faith that God is still FOR you and not against you; that He has your concern in mind and not the One to blame for the cause of it; and faith that God can still HELP you despite the problem you face.