1 Samuel 1:9-15, So Hannah rose up after they had eaten in Shiloh, and after they had drunk. Now Eli the priest sat upon a seat by a post of the temple of the LORD. 10 And she was in bitterness of soul, and prayed unto the LORD, and wept sore. 11 And she vowed a vow, and said, O LORD of hosts, if thou wilt indeed look on the affliction of thine handmaid, and remember me, and not forget thine handmaid, but wilt give unto thine handmaid a man child, then I will give him unto the LORD all the days of his life, and there shall no razor come upon his head. 12 And it came to pass, as she continued praying before the LORD, that Eli marked her mouth. 13 Now Hannah, she spake in her heart; only her lips moved, but her voice was not heard: therefore Eli thought she had been drunken. 14 And Eli said unto her, How long wilt thou be drunken? put away thy wine from thee. 15 And Hannah answered and said, No, my lord, I am a woman of a sorrowful spirit: I have drunk neither wine nor strong drink, but have poured out my soul before the LORD.
During the time of the judges, God’s people — because they lacked godly leadership, their priesthood was defiled, there was no prophetic word from the Lord, and God’s word was being ignored and rejected in the land — were in a desperate situation. As God often did in Israel’s history, He began to solve their problem by sending a baby. In this case, a baby named Samuel born of a barren woman.
Yes, a barren woman!
All of us go through times in our lives and ministries where we are barren. Times when nothing seems to be going right. Times when the blessing of God is not apparent, both in our personal life and in our ministry. We are reading our Bibles and get nothing out of it. We are praying and our prayers don’t seem to get past the ceiling. Our efforts at winning people to Christ produce no visible results. Our ministry, whatever it might be, seems to have plateaud at best, and in decline at worst. We are in a season of barrenness. What should we do in the midst of a season of barrenness? Do like Hannah, pray!
In fact, don’t stop at praying, but like Hannah beg God for His blessing!
This morning, as I read the first few chapters in 1 Samuel, especially the story of a barren Hannah begging God for His blessing and for a son there were two thoughts that came to mind:
(1) BEGGING God for His BLESSING in the midst of our BARRENNESS is never in vain!
(2) That which is born in midst of our BARRENNESS often becomes source of major BLESSING–for us and for others.