1 Samuel 1:13 Now Hannah spoke in her heart; only her lips moved, but her voice was not heard. Therefore Eli thought she was drunk.
Hannah's testimony gives us a very precious lesson, although what she experienced could have been painful as she was a barren woman and had a rival who had children and sought to irritate her.
This happened every year and Hannah would get irritated, angry and sad. She until one day she did the following:
1 Samuel 1:9-11 9 So Hannah arose after they had finished eating and drinking in Shiloh. Now Eli the priest was sitting on the seat by the doorpost of the tabernacle of the Lord. 10 And she was in bitterness of soul, and prayed to the Lord and wept in anguish. 11 Then she made a vow and said, “O Lord of hosts, if You will indeed look on the affliction of Your maidservant and remember me, and not forget Your maidservant, but will give Your maidservant a male child, then I will give him to the Lord all the days of his life, and no razor shall come upon his head.”
And as a consequence of this prayer God gave him a son whom he called Samuel and dedicated him to Jehovah. In addition, there is a very beautiful song that Hannah gave to Jehovah.
I think we should not overlook this testimony because it tells us a lot, and makes us ask the following: Didn't Hannah pray for a son all those years? Didn't God listen to Hannah? Was Hannah praying the wrong way? Didn't Hannah cry because of her sterility?
I sincerely believe that God wanted Hannah not only to give birth to a son, but for her to be a witness to all of us, because God wanted us to know that even though our enemies blame us for our sterility, our inability to do what things or that we do not bear fruit, it does not matter what they say, but what is important is God's response and his exaltation.
God not only wants us to bear fruit but that all the fruit we have be dedicated to Him, we also see that Hannah incurred a deliverance because she poured out her soul before God and exposed her bitterness before God.
This led Hannah to pray at length before God, and perhaps the other times that Hannah prayed only towards a request and she did not pray at length before God.
We also see that Hannah prayed from her heart so much that only her mouth moved and her heart prayed.
So, as we can see, God is not that He did not hear Hannah, nor is it that Hannah did not pray, but that God longed for her to have a liberation, a long moment of intimacy with God, that all the fruit that Hannah had would be dedicated to God. That Hannah could pray from her heart. That Hannah uttered such a beautiful song that it impacted Mary.
Let us keep Hannah in mind, because God took her into account and put her as a testimony so that we can imitate her in her attitude, a prayer from the heart which must be poured out to give birth to Jesus Christ and that all our fruit be for The.
Let us dispose our being to imitate Hannah since the name of Hannah means "grace", that is, let us imitate grace, let us see grace, and pray long before God and pour out our being so that all the fruit that we are going to bear is dedicated exclusively to Jehovah since He is the one who hears us and attends to our voice.
And we will be able to say "He has heard me", "His name is God" and a wonderful song for our God, Jehovah, comes out of us.
- Hannah's Testimony: 1 Samuel 1
- Canticle of Hannah: 1 Samuel 2:1–11
- Canticle of Mary: Luke 1:46–55
- Samuel: It means "His name is God", "Heard of God"