A LESSON FROM HANNAH
I’m now in the book of 1 Samuel and I just read about how Hannah was mistreated by her husband’s other wife, Peninnah. You see, Hannah was barren and in the Old Testament times, that was a disgrace. Peninnah who had sons and daughters, made Hannah miserable, provoking her to the point of grief and pain. Yet in the midst of Hannah’s suffering, she became a woman of prayer and praise. When the situation was unbearable, Hannah turned in prayer to God, not to someone or something else. In spite of her bitterness, Hannah in fervent prayer focused on the Person of God as Lord of the hosts of heaven and earth.
Wow! Isn’t it funny how God puts a word right out in front of your face when you need it the most? You see, lately I’ve been dealing (once again) with looking to other people and other things to make me happy. Oh how I struggle in that area. I know it’s wrong and I also know that the Lord wants me to rely on Him for all things. I’m a very sensitive person who desires strong friendships. While being sensitive can be a good quality, lately it’s been getting me into trouble. I’m easily hurt when other people seem to have forgotten about me. I’m easily hurt when someone says they will call and then they don’t. I get angry when I see my friends posting pictures on Facebook of them hanging out with other friends. Why? Because I’m jealous. Don’t tell me you’ve never been there before. We all struggle with something and it seems like as soon as I conquer one mountain, another one pops up right in front of me.
But God has a reason for the mountains. He wants us to never forget that we are to depend on Him. Just like Hannah, we need to turn to Him in fervent prayer and focus on Him, not the mountains. As we do this, the mountains shrink. As I do this (along with changing my settings on Facebook so that I don’t see as much as I used to), my mountain has become a hill. I am drawing closer to God, just the way He intended. And I know that He will bless my efforts, just like He did for Hannah.He blessed her with children! She dedicated her first son, Samuel, to God. She then went on to have three sons and two daughters.
So what are you struggling with today? Poverty? Loneliness? Depression? Jealousy? Guilt? Anger? No matter what it is, God wants you to take your focus off of the problem. Don’t go to someone else looking for the answers. Go to His Word! Go to Him in prayer! Maybe you need to take a break from Facebook or other social media. Maybe you need to spend some time away from others to get alone with God. He’s calling you back to Him. He has all the answers you’ll ever need. You just have to go to him and ask. Then trust Him. Be patient. He will work it all out. Keep your eyes on Him. Your breakthrough (and mine) are just around the corner!!!