I recently sat in my connect group (cell group) as I listened to the story of Hannah being read out of 1 Samuel 1. I vividly remember the first time I heard the story of Hannah, it was back in Sunday school when I was 12 years old. At the time it was just another story in the Bible but on this night, it became something else, I inserted myself in the story and I felt so challenged.
Three things stood out from this chapter.
ONE: I Samuel 1: 6 And her rival also provoked her severely, to make her miserable, because the Lord had closed her womb.
Sometimes some people will flaunt their achievements in your face for one reason or another, keep your calm don’t be intimidated by that.
TWO: 1 Samuel 1: 8 Then Elkanah her husband said to her, “Hannah, why do you weep? Why do you not eat? And why is your heart grieved? Am I not better to you than ten sons?”
Never allow anyone to talk you out of your heart’s desires.
THREE: 1 Samuel 1: 10-13 And she was in bitterness of soul, and prayed to the Lord and wept in anguish. 11 Then she made a vow and said, “O Lord of hosts, if You will indeed look on the affliction of Your maidservant and remember me, and not forget Your maidservant, but will give Your maidservant a male child, then I will give him to the Lord all the days of his life, and no razor shall come upon his head.” 12 And it happened, as she continued praying before the Lord, that Eli watched her mouth. 13 Now Hannah spoke in her heart; only her lips moved, but her voice was not heard. Therefore Eli thought she was drunk.
Hannah was desperate and went before the Lord with her heart’s desires.
Hannah was that desperate, she not only made a vow to God but she kept it as well! She went before the Lord with her requests. Obviously after many years of trying to conceive, she was tired, worn out, bitter. Why had life dealt her such a hand? Instead of just accepting things as they were, she fought for her promise and she got it!
Are you willing to fight for that promise?
Sometimes fighting is not always shouting and screaming and rebuking the enemy, sometimes your tears can fight for you. After all the Bible does say those that sow in tears shall reap in joy Psalm 125:6.
The woman with the issue of blood was so desperate for her healing, she did not care that people could see her bleeding. Imagine she had been bleeding for 12 years. By now I am sure she was both physically and emotionally weak but she pushed through the crowd. She was that desperate. She had to do what she had to do in order to receive her healing. (Mark 5:21–43, Matthew 9:18–26, Luke 8:40–56).
How desperate are you for your promise? How desperate are you for the things you want? What will you do?
May we NEVER stop being desperate for God.
Let’s keep pushing-pray until something happens.