Hannah had a husband who adored her. It seems they were a middle class family, worshipping and sacrificing, to the Lord our God. Her life was perfect except one small thing. She wanted a baby. Her desire for a baby was so great, it began to cause trouble in her marriage. Hannah’s soul was downcast.
So many of us can relate to Hannah. We’ve waited for the spouse, the child, the job, the door to open, the right business opportunity and our souls have become downcast. The desire grows and sometimes can cause us to focus more on the not yet than the right now.
While Hannah’s response to her situation was not perfect, we can learn something from sister, Hannah:
1. Allow your grief to take you into the presence of God.
2. Without accusing, share your heart with God. Be honest. Share your disappointments. Cry in His lap. Allow Him and Him alone to comfort and console your broken heart.
3. Stay in His presence until He speaks to you. Bill Johnson says he will read the word until God speaks. When He speaks, journal what He says. Hold on to it. Treasure it. Allow His voice to bring Hope to your soul.
May I be the voice of Eli this morning for all of my friends who are waiting and have become downcast. For all of you with unfulfilled God-given promises, and for myself. I stand in agreement with you and declare: “Go in peace and may the Lord, God Almighty, the Maker of heaven and earth, the God who loved you enough to give you His Son, grant you what you have asked for. Amen.“
““Not so, my lord,” Hannah replied, “I am a woman who is deeply troubled. I have not been drinking wine or beer; I was pouring out my soul to the Lord.
Eli answered, “Go in peace, and may the God of Israel grant you what you have asked of him.” 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 1:15, 17-18 NIV