1 Samuel 1:10
“And she was in bitterness of soul, and prayed unto the LORD, and wept sore.”
She had no children.
1 Samuel 1:4-5
“And when the time was that Elkanah offered, he gave to Peninnah his wife, and to all her sons and her daughters, portions: But unto Hannah he gave a worthy portion; for he loved Hannah: but the LORD had shut up her womb.”
The Lord had shut up her womb, and her adversary used the thing most near and dear to her heart to provoke her.
1 Samuel 1:6
“And her adversary also provoked her sore, for to make her fret, because the LORD had shut up her womb.”
Our enemy knows how to get our attention. He knows how to distract, discourage, and even depress us, in an effort to defeat us before we see what God has in store.
1 Samuel 1:7
“And as he did so year by year, when she went up to the house of the LORD, so she provoked her; therefore she wept, and did not eat.”
She was persistently provoked by her adversaries.
So much so that she cried away her appetite.
1 Samuel 1:8
“Then said Elkanah her husband to her, Hannah, why weepest thou? and why eatest thou not? and why is thy heart grieved? am not I better to thee than ten sons?”
Her heart was grieved because she longed for something more; yet she chose to use the bitterness inside to cause her to pray unto the Lord.
Hannah serves as an example that when our heart hurts, the ears of the Lord are open to our cry.
“In my distress I called upon the LORD, and cried unto my God: he heard my voice out of his temple, and my cry came before him, even into his ears.”
Jeremiah 41-42 | Colossians 2 | Psalm 43-44
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