And her adversary also provoked her sore, for to make her fret, because the LORD had shut up her womb. 1 Samuel 1:6
Don’t you just love when someone tries to kick you when you are down? Like pouring salt into a wound, just because they can. I’m assuming Peninnah had some jealousy toward Hannah because although she was able to bear children, she didn’t have the love she desired. Elkanah loved and favored Hannah and gave her a double portion, so this was enough to stir up Peninnah.
The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly. John 10:10
We often want to feel bad for Hannah, and hate Peninnah. Maybe even ask God, why He would be so mean as to not give Hannah a child, or allow Peninnah to be in her life. But we need to be thankful for the Peninnah’s in our lives because if it weren’t for her, and for God’s plan to delay Hannah getting a child, she might not have sought the Lord in the way she had. The devil said, be okay with what you have, don’t want for anymore (1 Samuel 1:8). God knew the desire of Hannah’s heart, and He longs to bless us! He wanted her to cry out to him. She poured out her soul to the Lord (1 Samuel 1:15) and He not only answered her prayer, but He showed himself to her in a more intimate way, she now knew the hand of God in her life. I also believe she was filled with the Holy Ghost! Eli thought she was drunk. Sometimes when we are in desperation we pray the greatest prayers! We can come off crazy at times.
"And she was in bitterness of soul, and prayed unto the Lord, and wept sore. And she vowed a vow, and said, O Lord of hosts, if thou wilt indeed look on the affliction of thine handmaid, and remember me, and not forget thine handmaid, but wilt give unto thine handmaid a man child, then I will give him unto the Lord all the days of his life, and there shall no razor come upon his head. And it came to pass, as she continued praying before the Lord, that Eli marked her mouth. Now Hannah, she spake in her heart; only her lips moved, but her voice was not heard: therefore Eli thought she had been drunken." 1 Samuel 1:10-13
Even in her bitter state, she still cried out the Lord. Could it be that the Lord allows the Peninnah’s to come into our lives to become catalysts ,to push us into a new level with Him. He will often use the things we want most to stir us, and move us in a direction we wouldn’t have chosen otherwise! To help us to learn how to touch the throne room of God even in our state of bitterness, to allow God to remove it from us. Perhaps He makes us wait, because then He can show us that it was Him working in our lives, and not our own doing, so we can only glorify him. He knows how to write the greatest stories! Tell God how bad you want it! He cares about the desires of our heart, but He must be the number one desire (Matthew 6:33). It may look like a dead end, but God is not done! He is just waiting for the right time to show His glory in it’s fullest. It’s hard to pray when you feel bitter about something, we have all been there. But God is a great comforter.
And she said unto them, Call me not Naomi, call me Mara: for the Almighty hath dealt very bitterly with me. Ruth 1:20
Naomi had lost everything, how could God allow this to happen? Some questions we will never have answers to. She had no idea though that Boaz was just around the corner! When something is removed from your life, get ready, don’t weep for too long! God will ALWAYS replace it with something abundantly more than you could ever imagine. There is a purpose for everything. But in the moment you are going through the battle, no one wants to hear “don’t worry this will all work out for good, there’s a purpose for this.” There is a period of healing, but then God is going to cause you to MOVE into what He has next, and He will use whatever and whoever He has to, to get you there! Take a step of faith. We learn that Ruth and Boaz married, and had Obed. The verse below shows us how God orchestrated everything, because through Obed, David came! The line of Jesus.
So Boaz took Ruth, and she was his wife: and when he went in unto her, the LORD gave her conception, and she bare a son. And the women said unto Naomi, Blessed be the LORD, which hath not left thee this day without a kinsman, that his name may be famous in Israel. And he shall be unto thee a restorer of thy life, and a nourisher of thine old age: for thy daughter in law, which loveth thee, which is better to thee than seven sons, hath born him. And Naomi took the child, and laid it in her bosom, and became nurse unto it. And the women her neighbours gave it a name, saying, There is a son born to Naomi; and they called his name Obed: he is the father of Jesse, the father of David. Ruth 4:13-17
God is a restorer! You might be in a dark place right now, or feel like you are going crazy because nothing is happening, or you are in the craziest warfare you have ever experienced. It’s in that time you need to cry out to God, it is as important as receiving the blessing, because it produces something in you that God needs for the next level He is bringing you into. Warfare a good indication that something good is coming in your life, the enemy is just putting up a fight. But even then, we can’t blame the devil for everything! Don’t give him so much credit. God might be behind it, every mistake and mess up was all planned for. What the devil meant for evil, God will use for good ALWAYS! Just hang tight, that miracle is right around the corner! I hear God saying, “I will give you restitution!” I can’t help but think that even through this pandemic the world has come through, lives that were lost, hardships that were faced; the issues of the world were revealed when we thought we had it all together. I have never seen a world with so much disunity. Nations are falling apart. It was like God ripped a band aid off to show us that without Him the world is going to fall apart, everything we rely on and trust in. We need to realize that we need God back in our nations! All of this should cause a heart of repentance across the world. God said “If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.” 2 Chronicles 7:14
God is trying to get our attention, and sometimes He allows certain things in our lives to do it! He chastises those He loves, just like a father should (Hebrews 12:6). You see there is certainly purpose and blessing that can come out of pain. Mourning lasts for a night, but joy comes in the morning! (Psalm 30:5). We can choose to lay down and die, or fight! What have we to lose at this point? Like the Lepers in 2 King 7:3, “Why sit here until we die?” You have a battle cry in you, just like Hannah did. Cry out to the Lord and watch him move heaven and earth on your behalf. He hears the cry of His children, even if you don’t feel Him answering right away, trust that He is on the way! (Psalm 34:17). How do you feel when your children cry? You long to comfort them, and bless them. If you approach God with a true heart of repentance, and trust Him with your life, no matter what things look like, He will restore all things unto you. Praise the Lord!
I will repay you for the years the locusts have eaten– the great locust and the young locust, the other locusts and the locust swarm- my great army that I sent among you. Joel 2:25