Summary: Hannah was provoked and miserable and bitter, but she refused to stay that way. After prayer, Hannah went home changed. God provides some better things. Hannah was changed before she saw the miracle.
PROVOKED AND MISERABLE, BUT I AM NOT STAYING THIS WAY.
GOD HAS PROVIDED SOMETHING BETTER!
Wade Martin Hughes, Sr. Kyfingers@aol.com
I do this in 3 parts, Sunday AM, PM, Wednesday.
Hebrews 11:40 God having provided some better thing for us, that they without us should not be made perfect.
Romans 8:28 And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.
I. PROVOKED AND MISERABLE AND BITTER, BUT I AM NOT STAYING HERE. THIS MISERABLE PROVOCATION HAS GONE ON SEVERAL YEARS, AND IT IS TIME TO COME AND ALLOW GOD TO DO HIS WORK.
A. Let us listen to one of the greatest philosophers of all time.
You probably know him, his name is BARNEY FIFE.
BARNEY FIFE SAID: NIP IT, NIP IT IN THE BUD.
B. Well, this good, God fearing woman had a dysfunctional home, and her enemy often provoked her until her days were miserable.
1 Samuel 1:5 But unto Hannah he gave a worthy portion; for he loved Hannah: but the Lord had shut up her womb. 6 And her adversary also provoked her sore,
for to make her fret, because the Lord had shut up her womb. 7 And as he did so year by year, when she went up to the house of the Lord, so she provoked her; therefore she wept, and did not eat.
C. Let me quote another great philosopher of our day.
HE SAID: ENOUGH IS ENOUGH, ME’S HAD ALL ME’S CAN STAND,
ME’S CAN’T STAND NO MORE.
Then Popeye would reach for the can of Spinach, minus the E Coli, and gain power and strength and reach to V-I-C-T-O-R-Y!
D. Hannah has had enough, it is time to touch a merciful and gracious God.
1 Samuel 1:10 And she was in bitterness of soul, and prayed unto the Lord, and wept sore.
E. HANNAH WENT TO THE ONLY PLACE SHE KNEW, SHE WENT TO THE CHURCH, AND WHEN ELI THE PREACHER WAS OUT OF TOUCH, --- HANNAH WAS MORE DETERMINED, --- I MUST TOUCH GOD.
1 Samuel 1:11 And she (Hannah) vowed a vow, and said, O Lord of hosts, if thou wilt indeed look on the affliction of thine handmaid, and remember me,
and not forget thine handmaid, but wilt give unto thine handmaid a man child, then I will give him unto the Lord all the days of his life, and there shall no
razor come upon his head.
F. HANNAH HAD A CHANGE OF HEART AND A CHANGE OF ATTITUDE, 9 MONTHS BEFORE SHE WAS ABLE TO HOLD HER MIRACLE.
1 Samuel 1:18 And she said, Let thine handmaid find grace in thy sight. So the woman went her way, and did eat, and her countenance was no more sad.
19 And they rose up in the morning early, and worshipped before the Lord, and returned, and came to their house to Ramah: and Elkanah knew Hannah his
wife; and the Lord remembered her.
G. HANNAH KNEW THERE WAS A PROCESS OF TIME AND THAT WE ASK AND WE WAIT.
1 Samuel 1:20 Wherefore it came to pass, when the time was come about after Hannah had conceived, that she bare a son, and called his name Samuel, saying, Because I have asked him of the Lord.
H. WITH GOD IT IS NOT OVER WHEN IT APPEARS TO BE OVER.
TO SEEK GOD, AND TO WAIT AND EXPECT MIRACLES WILL RELEASE MIRACLES. GOD DID MORE THAN HANNAH DREAMED.
1 Samuel 2:21 And the Lord visited Hannah, so that she conceived, and bare three sons and two daughters. And the child Samuel grew before the Lord.