1 There was a man named Elkanah from Ramathaim Zophim in the mountains of Ephraim. He was the son of Jeroham, grandson of Elihu, great-grandson of Tohu, whose father was Zuph from the tribe of Ephraim. Elkanah had two wives, one named Hannah, the other Peninnah. Peninnah had children, but Hannah had none. Every year this man would go from his own city to worship and sacrifice to the Lord of Armies at Shiloh. Eli’s two sons, Hophni and Phinehas, served there as priests of the Lord. Whenever Elkanah offered a sacrifice, he would give portions of it to his wife Peninnah and all her sons and daughters. He would also give one portion to Hannah because he loved her, even though the Lord had kept her from having children. Because the Lord had made her unable to have children, her rival ⌊Peninnah⌋ tormented her endlessly in order to make her miserable. This happened year after year. Whenever Hannah went to the Lord’s house, Peninnah would make her miserable, and Hannah would cry and not eat. Her husband Elkanah would ask her, “Hannah, why are you crying? Why haven’t you eaten? Why are you so downhearted? Don’t I mean more to you than ten sons?” -1 Samuel 1-8
Hannah was pursuing God despite the circumstance that she was in. God had closed her womb, but yet as her husband asked her why are you crying? why haven’t you ate? why are you so sad? Hannah kept pursuing and did not complain or ask why. It is true that God will place us in seasons to where everything seems to be falling apart but yet He is still God and we must seek Him and hold onto to Him. “Weeping may endure for the night, but joy comes in the morning.” – Psalm 30:5.
God was using her disability for his glory, what meant so much to her is what she didn’t have. No one could help her in this situation, no surgery could be performed to outwit God. She was seeking for a miracle.
“God would use the closed womb of Hannah, and the pain from being childless, to accomplish something great in her life and in the whole plan of salvation. Even though things were hard, God was still in charge.”
What happens in these seasons of desperation, & heartache? It’s like this; God is leading us past the familiar territory of faith and into the uncharted territory of faith. Like Abraham who obeyed God to go on top of the mountain and sacrifice his son. It was a new level of faith that Abraham was uncharting with his walk with God. And in this uncharted territory of faith is when we see the word impossible become possible.
What is it in your life that you are crying out for? Is it a relationship, financial, personal struggle that you are weeping before God? Keep seeking, keep knocking and the door will be opened!