Have you ever felt discouraged and grieved, not because you did not have a relationship with God, conversely you felt despite your faithfulness, your dedication, disciplined worship and sacrifice to the Lord, you believed were not fruitful?
Perhaps you have not birthed what you know you have been purposed to. I can only imagine this is how Hannah, in 1 Samuel chapter 1 felt. Despite her faithfulness in worshiping the Lord year after year, Hannah’s womb was closed. Not only that but, because the Lord had closed Hannah’s womb, her rival kept provoking her in order to irritate her, 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 1:6-7 NIV).
Hannah must have been dealing with a lot of emotions because the rival, her husband’s other wife, Peninnah had been considered quite fruitful, having had both sons and daughters.
Despite Hannah being unfruitful, she had favor in the eyes of her husband. Whenever he would sacrifice he would give her a double portion because he loved her, even though she was barren. Penninah saw the favor in Hannah’s life, even when Hannah did not.
Has this happened to you? Maybe the same people you view as being fruitful, and have what you would like are witness to the favor in your life, even when you are not aware of it.
Elkanah, their husband, loved Hannah dearly and questioned whether 10 sons meant more to her than he did.
So, let me ask you: does Christ, our spiritual husband, mean more to us than what we want so badly?
That new car, house, job, relationship, or even growth in your ministry… does God’s will, His way, and timing mean more?
One day when they were at the house of the Lord in Shiloh Hannah, in the presence of the High Priest Eli, cried out to the Lord. She cried for the desire of her heart, which was a son. While she was deep in prayer giving her all to God, Eli had mistaken her for drunk.
As Christians, we should constantly be, casting all of your care upon Him, for He cares for you (1 Peter 5:7 NKJV), just as Hannah did. When we feel discouraged, anxious, or doubtful, is God the first to hear about it as we turn to Him or do we wallow in the negativity?
After learning that Hannah was not a drunken woman but in fact deep in prayer, Eli bid her peace, and the hope that God would answer her.
After Hannah had left she was no longer discouraged, and she ate something.
Have you ever felt that relief of anxiety, fear, doubt, having it replaced with that Godly peace that surpasses understanding, simply because you gave it all to God?
The next day they worshiped the Lord and went home. After time the Lord remembered his daughter Hannah, she became pregnant and gave birth to a son, the very thing that she had asked for. She named her gift from God, Samuel. Samuel became a great prophet who was called by God and spent most of his life intimately knowing Him, and he anointed King David. Samuel was God’s answer to a faithful woman’s prayer.
The eyes of the Lord are on the righteous, and his ears are attentive to their cry (Psalm 34:15).
Hannah stayed at home and nursed her son until he was weaned and dedicated the very thing, the gift she had desired, back to the Lord. She nurtured her gift that God had blessed her with and gave it back to Him.
When God grants you the answer to your prayers, and allows you to give birth to something great, with faith and faithfulness, you will certainly birth something great.
But the question is: will you use it for your own selfish ambitions or will you cultivate your Godly gift and dedicate it back to Him?