H is for Hannah.
Scripture Reference:1 Samuel 1; 2:1, 21
Meaning of Name:Gracious; Graciousness; Favor
Family Connections:Hannah was the favorite wife of Elkanah and the mother of Samuel who became a prophet and was the last judge of Israel. She also had 3 other sons and 2 daughters who are not named in the Bible.
Interesting Facts About Hannah:
- Hannah was unable to have children because the Lord in His sovereignty had closed her womb.
- Her sorrow was inconsolable.
- She poured out her soul in prayer to the Lord for a son.
- Hannah made a vow to God to dedicate her son to Him if He would answer her prayer.
- Hannah prayed so passionately to God in the tabernacle that Eli, the priest, thought she was drunk.
- She was blessed by Eli after humbly explaining that she was not drunk, but praying to God.
- Hannah left the tabernacle after praying with her countenance changed.
- Hannah's womb was opened by the Lord in answer to her prayers.
- Hannah's husband, Elkanah, stood with her in the vow she had made when he could have voided it (See Numbers 30:6-8).
- Hannah fulfilled her vow to God when she, along with her husband, took Samuel to the tabernacle after he was weaned.
- Hannah visited her son at the tabernacle every year.
What We Can Learn from Hannah:
- As hard as it may be, we can come to the place in our lives where we are willing to surrender to God what is most important to us.
- Peace can be experienced in our acts of surrender.
- When we surrender our heart's desire to God, He doesn't leave us feeling empty, but fills us with His joy.
- Only God can satisfy our deepest desires.
- Take refuge in the Lord through prayer concerning our sorrows.
- Leave our burdens at the foot of the cross; do not pick them back up.
- Praise God for prayers that He has answered.
- Keep the promises you make to God.
- Teach our children to love and serve God.
- Respond in humility to false accusations made against us.
|Source: Wikipedia Public Domain, Gerbrand van den Eeckhout: Hannah presenting her son Samuel to the priest Eli, ca. 1665|
Walking in His Grace,