Are you familiar with the story of Hannah in the Bible?
1 Samuel Chapter 1 niv Now there was a certain man of Ramathaim Zophim, of the mountains of Ephraim, and his name was Elkanah the son of Jeroham, the son of Elihu, the son of Tohu, the son of Zuph, an Ephraimite. 2 And he had two wives: the name of one was Hannah, and the name of the other Peninnah. Peninnah had children, but Hannah had no children…
Over the years I have heard a lot of teaching on the story of Hannah BUT most have focussed on Hannah and on how she prayed and suggest we follow what she did: everything from having a broken spirit, a deep cry of the heart or of deep sorrowful repentance. So many focus on Hannah’s cry, her prayer or on her barren condition and they look to human suffering throughout the Bible in an effort to find answers and hope. But answers aren’t found in human suffering. And Hannah did not receive her breakthrough as a result of the way she prayed! Think about this – Hannah was crushed by her circumstances, she had been provoked to the point of being miserable and she was so distressed that she could no longer eat. She had nothing left within herself so she went to the tabernacle to pray. Hannah had travelled for the yearly Jewish festival so she was in town and close to the tabernacle at this time. She went where she knew she could find answers and hope. She went to the tabernacle, where God’s presence dwelt and she poured out her heart to Him.
James 4:8 says to draw near to God and He will draw near to you! Please know that it is not that God leaves us because He has promised to always be with us! He longingly waits for us to come to Him so that He can reveal Himself and deliver us in our time of need. If you understand God’s nature of love, He cannot just come in and take over and fix things because He has given us a free will. Additionally, the message version of 1 Corinthians 13:5 says that ‘Love Doesn’t force itself on others’ and the New Living Translation says that ‘Love does not demand it’s own way!’ God’s nature of love means that He does not force His own will or way upon us. It is up to us wether we are going to come and listen to Him or go our own way and try to fix things in our own strength. And generally speaking this is exactly what happens in our lives! We usually wear ourselves out trying to fix things ourselves, exhausting all-things medical and natural before we come to God for answers. Praise God that His love is unconditional! He is our Abba (which means daddy), Father and the moment we draw near to Him, He will draw near and reveal Himself to us. And if you know who He is by name He reveals Himself as redeemer, healer and Restorer!
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Hannah received Grace!
It was not Hannah’s ability or performance that brought her breakthrough. Besides coming and praying to the Lord the only other part she played was acting on what she believed by laying with her husband! Always remember that under our New Covenant that our prayers don’t move God but rather they move us into what God has already freely provided. Hannah poured out her heart to the Lord, Eli judged and responded as the High Priest and declared her whole, by saying ‘go in peace’ (1 Samuel 1:9-20). So Hannah’s breakthrough did not come from Hannah praying the right prayer but on God’s Goodness and Redeeming Grace! Samuel came by God’s GRACE!
Hannah was NOT barren, she was a joyful mother of children!
1 Sam 2:18-21 But Samuel ministered before the LORD, even as a child, wearing a linen ephod. 19 Moreover his mother used to make him a little robe, and bring it to him year by year when she came up with her husband to offer the yearly sacrifice. 20 And Eli would bless Elkanah and his wife, and say, “The LORD give you descendants from this woman for the loan that was given to the LORD.” Then they would go to their own home. 21 And the LORD visited Hannah, so that she conceived and bore three sons and two daughters. Meanwhile the child Samuel grew before the LORD.
Always remember that answers aren’t found in human suffering but in the one who redeemed and restored the situation! So why go to the Old Testament to find God’s will on barrenness by focussing on someone’s suffering?! We need to look to the end from the beginning and focus on their solution! Go to Jesus, our great High priest who HAS redeemed us and has made us WHOLE!
Jesus HAS REDEEMED us from the effects of suffering! He has redeemed us from the curse of the law of sin and death. He became sin and took upon Himself all the consequences and manifestations of sin. He bore sickness and disease upon His body and paid the price once, for all sin, for all sickness and disease, for all mankind and for all time!
Jesus is our Provision!
We have everything we need in Jesus. He is our all-in-all. We don’t have to go to God to ‘ask Him’ for what He has ALREADY freely given to us! Many of us are waiting on God BUT He is waiting on us to partake in and to ENJOY the fullness of what Jesus died to purchase for us! The provision and inheritance is already ours in Christ! This means you already have everything you need to experience healing of barrenness and miscarriage so that you can go forth, be fruitful and multiply!
Jesus is Enough!
I encourage you to look to Jesus and His Finished work and not on your present condition! Also do not focus on Hannah’s suffering and barrenness but focus on her solution! Jesus is our great High priest that has gone ahead of us and redeemed us from barrenness and has made us whole!
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