“My heart rejoices in the Lord; in the Lord my horn is lifted high. My mouth boasts over my enemies, for I delight in your deliverance.” (1 Samuel 2:1)
Hannah was faced with a very serious problem; “the Lord had closed her womb” (1 Samuel 1:5). For any wife in Old Testament times, this was a heartbreaking affliction. She looked to childbearing as a means of joy and personal fulfillment.
Abraham’s wife, Sarah, was faced with the same problem. She longed to have a child to carry on the family line and bring honor and prosperity to herself and her husband. Although God had explicitly promised Abraham and Sarah that they would have a son, Sarah decided to take matters into her own hands: “Go, sleep with my maidservant; perhaps I can build a family through her” (Genesis 16:2). Rather than trusting God’s Word and turning to Him in prayer for strength and deliverance, Sarah looks to her own clever schemes for fulfillment and triumph over one of the results of sin’s curse in this world – her infertility. Ultimately, this lack of faith would result in generations of turmoil and strife (Genesis 16:11-12).
Hannah, on the other hand, had been given no explicit promise that she would ever have a son. Yet she continued to go before the Lord in supplication, trusting in the mercy and grace of God for deliverance from her tribulation. While she was never specifically told whether God would answer this prayer with a “yes” or “no,” Hannah is able to lay her troubles upon the Lord and go peacefully on with her life, trusting in His good will and judgment (1 Samuel 1:18).
Hannah’s faith in God’s mercy leads to her bearing a total of six children, the first of which would faithfully serve God his whole life and achieve great honor and renown. Her son would pave the way for a great future king, anointing David to rule over Israel; King David would pave the way for an even greater Anointed One, Jesus Christ the Messiah who would rule eternally. In Hannah’s prayer of thanksgiving, she prophecies to the coming of Him who would wipe away the curse of sin from her own life, as well as the lives of Sarah, Abraham, and every other person who turned to God in faith for forgiveness. In Him we, like Hannah, can truly boast over our enemies of sin, death, and Satan, from whom we have been delivered by His blood.
“He will give strength to his king and exalt the horn of his anointed.” (1 Samuel 2:10)
Prayer: Lord God, increase my faith in You that I may never fail to bring my troubles before Your gracious throne. Help me to trust in Your Word and Your will, that I may reap the benefits of Your plans for my prosperity. Grant that I may never look to my own strength or reason for salvation, but only to You for forgiveness of sins, through Jesus Christ, Your Son, my Lord. Amen.