Hannah in the Bible had everything a woman wanted. She was beautiful, well provided for, and loved unconditionally by her husband. However, she was unhappy because she was unable to have children, which left her heartbroken.
I will be looking at how Hannah used her strength to overcome her circumstance.
1. Hannah Strength Against her Rival.
Every year, Elkanah, the husband of Hannah, took the family to the annual temple feast. Each year, she would be teased by her rival, Peninnah, her husband’s second wife who had children.
Could you imagine Hannah’s torment? One of the qualities I admire about Hannah is how she handled Peninnah, with such grace and self-control—something many of us women today should emulate.
2. Strength to Prayer
Being faced with this problem, Hannah ran to the one person she knew could help her.
She went to the temple and prayed. She poured her heart out to God. When we are in difficult situations, instead of handling the situation yourself, let God be your first source of help and then let Him direct you to people who can help you.
3. Strength against Accusations
When Eli the priest saw Hannah praying. He accused her of being drunk. Hannah then explained that she was not drunk but simply making a petition to God to meet her need. Hannah, however, did not respond negatively to Eli for accusing her wrongfully but clearly explained to him she was petitioning God for answers. He then said may the God of Israel grant the request she has made.
4. Strength to Walk in Faith and Integrity
Hannah believed Eli at his word and went home and conceived with her husband.
She walked in faith.
Believe + Action = FAITH
Think of the many times you prayed about something and God gave you instruction to follow, and you didn’t because it didn’t make any sense to you. So, you ignored those instructions and was disobedient. Hannah made an oath to God that if she is able to conceive a child, she will give it back to Him, and she kept that oath. She showed integrity.
It probably was difficult for Hannah to give up the child she had become attached to, but she kept the oath she had made and gave her son back to God.
5. Strength to Praise
Hannah praised and gave thanks to God for all that He had done for her.
We should always give thanks and praises to God. When we look over our lives and see all the good things God has done for us, all we can do is to offer praise and adoration.
Finally, Hannah exemplifies a godly woman because she showed strength, grace, and self-control in a difficult situation. She was prayerful; she had integrity, and she offered praise and thanksgiving to God.
Whatever situation you may be facing at this time just like Hannah’s, you have the strength to overcome and be victorious. Remember to take everything to God. He is more than able to help us, no matter what we are going through.
Empowering Bible verses on strength
they that wait upon the Lord
shall renew their strength;
they shall mount up with wings as eagles;
they shall run, and not be weary;
and they shall walk, and not faint. Isaiah 40:31
God is my strength and power: and he maketh my way perfect. 2 Samuel 22:33-35
thou not; for I am with thee:
be not dismayed; for I am thy God:
I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee;
yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness. Isaiah 41:10
love thee, O Lord, my strength.
The Lord is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer;
my God, my strength, in whom I will trust;
my buckler, and the horn of my salvation, and my high tower. Psalm 18:1-2
Seek the Lord and his strength, seek his face continually. 1 Chronicles 16:11
Be blessed with all spiritual blessings in Christ Jesus…