1 Samuel 1:10-17
In her deep anguish Hannah prayed to the Lord, weeping bitterly.11 And she made a vow, saying, “Lord Almighty, if you will only look on your servant’s misery and remember me, and not forget your servant but give her a son, then I will give him to the Lord for all the days of his life, and no razor will ever be used on his head.”
12 As she kept on praying to the Lord, Eli observed her mouth. 13 Hannah was praying in her heart, and her lips were moving but her voice was not heard. Eli thought she was drunk 14 and said to her, “How long are you going to stay drunk? Put away your wine.”
15 “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.16 Do not take your servant for a wicked woman; I have been praying here out of my great anguish and grief.”
17 Eli answered, “Go in peace, and may the God of Israel grant you what you have asked of him.”
I love this story of the birth of Samuel.
First, Hannah was a woman who was married to Elkanah. Hannah had a rival. Elkanah’s other wife, Penninah, would irritate and provoke her to the point where she could not eat. Penninah tormented Hannah because she could not have children.
Every year, Elkanah would bring his family to worship and sacrifice to the LORD at Shiloh.
Hannah prayed in her heart because she was in great anguish and grief, and knew that her help was in God.
When Eli, the priest, saw her moving her lips and weeping, he though she was drunk.
When Eli learned that she was praying, instead of being drunk, he told her to go in peace, and blessed her, that God might grant her what she asked of HIm.
Hannah had a beautiful baby, and when he was weened, as young as he was, Hannah brought Samuel to the temple to meet Eli, and give the child to God, along with her sacrifices of a young bull, flour, and wine.
Samuel grew to be a great prophet in Israel.
Hannah was a great mother. She knew she could count on God. She prayed, and vowed to the Lord that she would give her son to Him. She kept her word when God answered her prayer. She was a woman of great faith.
This was Hannah’s prayer when she took Samuel to the temple:
2 Then Hannah prayed and said:
“My heart rejoices in the Lord;
in the Lord my horn[a] is lifted high.
My mouth boasts over my enemies,
for I delight in your deliverance.
2 “There is no one holy like the Lord;
there is no one besides you;
there is no Rock like our God.
3 “Do not keep talking so proudly
or let your mouth speak such arrogance,
for the Lord is a God who knows,
and by him deeds are weighed.
4 “The bows of the warriors are broken,
but those who stumbled are armed with strength.
5 Those who were full hire themselves out for food,
but those who were hungry are hungry no more.
She who was barren has borne seven children,
but she who has had many sons pines away.
6 “The Lord brings death and makes alive;
he brings down to the grave and raises up.
7 The Lord sends poverty and wealth;
he humbles and he exalts.
8 He raises the poor from the dust
and lifts the needy from the ash heap;
he seats them with princes
and has them inherit a throne of honor.
“For the foundations of the earth are the Lord’s;
on them he has set the world.
9 He will guard the feet of his faithful servants,
but the wicked will be silenced in the place of darkness.
“It is not by strength that one prevails;
10 those who oppose the Lord will be broken.
The Most High will thunder from heaven;
the Lord will judge the ends of the earth.
“He will give strength to his king
and exalt the horn of his anointed.”
11 Then Elkanah went home to Ramah, but the boy ministered before the Lord under Eli the priest.
This is a beautiful Mother’s Day story. If anyone is in grief, go to the Lord. He is a comfort and help, and He hears our prayers. He is faithful!
Dear God, thank You for everything. We can trust You to take care of us, help us, and comfort us. The story of Hannah is a reminder for all of us, that we can take our problems and grief to You, in prayer. May Your will be done. In the name of Jesus, Amen.