As you are aware, the Bible is our standard and pillar of truth. Therefore, we will look at the Bible of someone who was greatly discouraged and was desperately troubled because of the challenges she faced at the time; and I am speaking of none other than Hannah in the Bible, one of Elkanah’s wife. The Scripture records this about Hannah that she was constantly reduced to tears because of the provocations coming from Peninnah, even to the point of not eating. Read 1 Samuel 1:5-8 (NIV).
Can you imagine how Hannah would have felt – discouraged, worthless, a failure because in the Old Testament period, being without a child was a social embarrassment especially to her husband? What makes this worse is that Hannah had to constantly face her tormentor because they probably lived within the same household. Imagine how you will feel when someone constantly pesters you, is obnoxious and just mean; especially if it is a work colleague or boss, then at least one can put up with it for a few hours or look for another role; Hannah did not have the luxury to up and leave. She was committed to the end and God vindicated Hannah and through her seed – Samuel, who became Israel’s greatest judge.
So, let us see how Hannah handled coming out of discouragement, and the Scriptures will help us to answer the question. The Bible says, “Hannah POURED OUT HER HEART TO GOD” – in other words, SHE PRAYED. See what the Bible says, “Join me, everyone! Trust only in God every moment! Tell Him all your troubles and pour out your heart-longings to Him. Believe me, when I tell you—He will help you! Pause in His presence Read Psalm 62:8 (TPT). “…Each of them had a harp and golden bowls brimming full of sweet fragrant incense—which are the prayers of God’s holy lovers.” Read Revelation 5:8 (TPT). Watch this, our prayers matter to God!
My Father in Heaven, thank You for giving us Your Word – my anchor and my hope. Lord, You said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.” Thank You for Your Word is sufficient, and for that, I am eternally grateful.
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