Hey, I’ve been M.I.A, this I know, after one year away working in Brussels, I am finally back to the UK and I think I need to stop hogging all my stories to myself!! I hope you can find some encouragement here :)
I am a woman of God, I know so because He has told me so; but would you believe me if I told you just last week I was resenting God and this walk? Yep, it happens to the best of us. Consumed by the magnitude of my situation I wanted anything but run to the being that could heal my wounds.
With my flesh wanting to crawl back to the comfort, I bowed at His feet and decided once again to choose Him. Hands wrapped around His ankles I removed myself from the throne and placed the God that watched my tears fall, the one that wants nothing more than to watch me live a life of abundant joy and love.
My Father has told me His strength is made perfect in my weakness(2 Cor 12:9), so I say “show me the way my Lord!”. Determined to hear from my Father, I sat at the table in my garden ready to find revelation in His word. So today I come to speak to you about a hopeful woman named Hannah, an infertile woman that poured her sorrows to God just as I did during a time of adversity.
Tucked in 1 Samuel, Hannah taught me how to be grounded in the Lord when all seems lost:
- Hannah expressed her affliction to God: With deep paralysing distress, Hannah was unable to eat, so what did she do? She expressed her affliction to God! Even in the presence of a high priest, Hannah rose up and shared her affliction with the Lord instead. How many times have you ran to the arms of a loved one/called a friend first and neglected prayer?
- Hannah prayed with her heart to the lover of her soul:She paid no mind to the fact that she sat at the table with the judge of Israel Eli, she knew her heart pleaded to lament before the Lord and she did exactly that. (1 Sam 1:13) “Hannah was speaking in her heart”, Hannah taught me that I did not need to speak out loud to be heard. I spoke in my heart and my Father inclined His ear to me (Psa 116:2).
- Hannah was honest with God: (1 Sam 1:10) Hannah wept bitterly as she prayed to the Lord, she did not hold back. So many of us are told to reserve our honesty when praying to God, we are consumed with guilt and shame for telling God we are angry at HIM. Have you forgotten that God knows you? He wants a relationship with us, so just like Hannah, I poured my heart out to God without fear of judgement.
- Hannah continued to worship the Lord although she saw no results: I have learnt that for many years I let my feelings and emotions reign my life. I would quickly become discouraged and in return pridefully refuse to praise Him, but God has shown me through Hannah that we must continue to praise Him even if we do not see the immediate results we expect(1 Sam 1:19).
Hannah remained faithful to God even through year after year she still bore no child. After expressing her sadness before God, In 1 Sam 1:18 Hannah ate and “her face was no longer sad”, she handed her affliction to God and continued to enjoy the things of the Lord! You know why?
Ecclesiastes 9:7 – Go, eat your bread with joy, and drink your wine with a merry heart, for God has already approved what you do.
(God remembered Hannah, she bore a son and named Him Samuel.)
Like Hannah, you must not be afraid to express your sorrows to God, you must also muster up the strength to enjoy what you do already have, with faith that He has heard your plea and made a way for you!
Thank you for reading.
- 2 Corinthians 12:9 – But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me.
- 1 Samuel 1:13 – Hannah was speaking in her heart; only her lips moved, and her voice was not heard. Therefore Eli took her to be a drunken woman.
- Psalm 116:2 – Because he inclined his ear to me, therefore I will call on him as long as I live.
- 1 Samuel 1:10 – She was deeply distressed and prayed to the Lord and wept bitterly.
- 1 Samuel 1:18-19 – And she said, “Let your servant find favour in your eyes.” Then the woman went her way and ate, and her face was no longer sad. They rose early in the morning and worshiped before the Lord.