Hannah. Whenever we hear the name, we feel pain for a woman who cried for a child, and joy for the prayer that was answered. We think of Hannah as a mother, but there is another side to her as well. Before she was Samuel’s mother, she was a wife. Hannah’s story brings hope to the hurting. Today, we are going to take a look at 1 Samuel 1 and 2 for modern marriage lessons from Hannah.
Suffering Brings Us Closer to God
This went on year after year. Whenever Hannah went up to the house of the Lord, her rival provoked her till she wept and would not eat. –1 Samuel 1:7
In her deep anguish Hannah prayed to the Lord, weeping bitterly. –1 Samuel 1:10
Hannah had a loving husband and good home, but she wanted a child. Because of her childless state, her husband’s other wife teased her. Hannah’s response to her pain and suffering was to cry out to God. In life, we all will face trials. Some women suffer from infertility like Hannah. Others are heartbroken over singleness, disease, or poverty. No one is immune to heartache, but it’s up to you to decide what you will do with your pain. Hannah could have sulked and thrown herself a pity party. She could have buried herself in her sorrows and hid away. She could have retaliated against those who teased her, but she didn’t do any of those things.
Hannah knew that God was in control and no matter how horrible her situation was that His plan was bigger and better than she would ever imagine. Her hope was in God and God alone. I don’t know what you may be suffering, but I pray that you put your trust in God and that it brings you closer to Him.
There is Joy in Waiting
She said, “May your servant find favor in your eyes.” Then she went her way and ate something, and her face was no longer downcast. -1 Samuel 1:18
If you are familiar with this passage then you know that Hannah has just been called out by the priest for being a drunk. Hannah quickly sets the record straight and the priest assures her that God has heard her prayer. Now, Hannah goes on her way. She can eat again. She is no longer sad. She is still childless, but something has changed. She has hope again. Even though she is still waiting for her happy ever after, she has joy while she is waiting.
Never Give Up Hope
So in the course of time Hannah became pregnant and gave birth to a son. She named him Samuel, saying, “Because I asked the Lord for him. -1 Samuel 1:20
The thing that I love about Hannah is that she never gave up hope and never lost her faith in God. In the unlikeliest twist, Hannah became pregnant and gave birth to a little boy named Samuel. Whenever things aren’t going my way, I get stressed out. I worry myself to death and I easily believe the lie that everything is hopeless. But Hannah never gave up hope and the Lord rewarded her faithfulness. No matter how desperate a situation may seem, never give up hope. Our God is good and He hears our prayers.
Thank God for His Blessings
1 Samuel 2:1-10
I’m not going to post the entire passage here, but 1 Samuel 2:1-10 is a song of praise from Hannah to the Lord. Whenever God blesses us, the correct response is praise. It’s not a coincidence that Hannah had a baby, God blessed her and gave her a son. I think it’s beautiful that the writer of 1 Samuel chose to include her praises for us to read.
In your life, you are going to face trials and you are going to receive blessings. God is good no matter what. It’s up to you to decide how you respond to hardships. Like Hannah, you can bring your requests to God with hopeful expectation. Whenever God does bless you can bring him praise and thanksgiving.
Any of us could be Hannah. In fact, we are all Hannah. We all desperately hurt for things that we cannot have. Today, let’s learn from Hannah and her hopeful spirit.
Which modern marriage lesson stands out the most to you? What other lessons have you learned from Hannah.