Empowered Devotional Series
Monday January 15, 2024
Scripture: 1 Samuel 1: There was a certain man from Ramathaim, a Zuphite from the hill country of Ephraim, whose name was Elkanah son of Jeroham, the son of Elihu, the son of Tohu, the son of Zuph, an Ephraimite. 2 He had two wives; one was called Hannah and the other Peninnah. Peninnah had children, but Hannah had none. 3 Year after year this man went up from his town to worship and sacrifice to the Lord Almighty at Shiloh, where Hophni and Phinehas, the two sons of Eli, were priests of the Lord. 4 Whenever the day came for Elkanah to sacrifice, he would give portions of the meat to his wife Peninnah and to all her sons and daughters. 5 But to Hannah he gave a double portion because he loved her, and the Lord had closed her womb. 6 Because the Lord had closed Hannah’s womb, her rival kept provoking her in order to irritate her. 7 This went on year after year. Whenever Hannah went up to the house of the Lord, her rival provoked her till she wept and would not eat. 8 Her husband Elkanah would say to her, “Hannah, why are you weeping? Why don’t you eat? Why are you downhearted? Don’t I mean more to you than ten sons?”
Meditation: There will be times in our life experiences when our intention to worship may be eclipsed by the overwhelming need we feel is yet unmet. At such times we must strive to push through and persevere in worship and in prayer while continuing to bring the need to the Lord by faith.
– Hannah was greatly loved by her husband, more so than her rival Peninnah; yet Hannah’s heart ached for something more, something that it seemed would never happen. We might be unaware of the many Christian worshippers who sit in the pew every Sunday but whose hearts are broken because of an unmet need that they have been lifting to the Lord for an extended period of time.
– Have you experienced this burden? Have you known the personal conflict of trying to worship the Lord while battling with the inner voices that will not be silenced, not even by the inspirational worship all around you?
– And have you also experienced insensitivity towards you and even contempt by someone else who is also there as a, “worshipper”? Many have walked away from the church having suffered such derision, sometimes never to return.
– Just think of the inner conflict that rages in the heart of those who are trying to seek the Lord while feeling that the God whom they are seeking is unwilling to help them, and the so-called worshippers who surround them seem cold and even hateful towards them.
-This was Hannah’s personal experience. However, Hannah chose to persevere year in and year out, attending worship service despite contending with an inconsolable heartache. Hannah refused to give up and her perseverance would be greatly rewarded by God!