Holding on to Our Hope
1 SAMUEL 1:1-18
Hannah’s situation seemed hopeless. She was heartbroken because she was childless, which was a source of disgrace for a Hebrew woman. But Hannah suffered even more because of the deliberate provocation by her husband’s other wife, who was blessed with children.
Holding on to hope can be difficult when miserable circumstances show no signs of improving. For believers, this can be even more discouraging, because they know God could have fulfilled their hopes and remedied the situation, but He hasn’t.
Hannah was a woman of great faith, even in the midst of disappointment and pain. Year after year, she kept going to Shiloh to worship the Lord. Perseverance like hers is a quality the Father highly values in His people. Endurance in trials leads to godly character and hope that does not disappoint (Rom. 5:3-5).
Great pain often drives us to God. Hannah had faithfully worshipped Him with all of Israel, but this time she went by herself to the tabernacle and prayed to the only one who could help her. Weeping bitterly, she poured out her soul before the Lord and offered a sacrifice of the very thing she valued most—a child: She laid her hope at His feet and promised that if He fulfilled her desire, she’d give her son to be God’s servant.
Sometimes what we strive to hold can be kept only by surrendering it to God. This biblical principle applies to our hopes as well as to our very lives (Luke 9:24). Learn from Hannah’s example of faith, and pour out your heart to God. Lay your hopes before Him—the only One who can fulfill your desires or change them to match His will.