Travail Like Hannah

But to Hannah he gave a double portion, because he loved her, though the Lord had closed her womb. And her rival used to provoke her grievously to irritate her, because the Lord had closed her womb. 11 And she vowed a vow and said, “O Lord of hosts, if you will indeed look on the affliction of your servant and remember me and not forget your servant, but will give to your servant a son, then I will give him to the Lord all the days of his life, and no razor shall touch his head.” 13 Hannah was speaking in her heart; only her lips moved, and her voice was not heard. Therefore Eli took her to be a drunken woman. 14 And Eli said to her, “How long will you go on being drunk? Put your wine away from you.” ~ 1 Samuel 1:5-6, 11, 13-14 ESV

Isn’t it peculiar that a lot of important people or people used by God came from barren women? Their wombs may have been barren year after year, and people may have mislabeled them as drunk when crying out to God, but God still used them if they were willing to be used by Him. Even though they couldn’t see it in the physical because their barren womb had the potential of bearing/producing children, as long as they sought God with all that was within them, God turned that barren womb into a womb that would house greatness.

For instance, Hannah was barren, but she travailed in prayer before God because she wanted a child. She didn’t allow the antagonizing taunts of her rival to keep her from her heart’s desire. She didn’t allow the misjudgment of the man of God who called her drunk to cause her to give up praying. Hannah believed that her barren womb would one day produce life. That’s how we need to be with our dreams that God has put into us. We need to travail in prayer as Hannah did. Even if people put us down and call us all manner of derogatory names, even if they mislabeled us as drunk or crazy, we cannot give up. We have to fight through the antagonizing world so that our prayers may be heard. The only one who giving up hurts, is the one who has given up. Therefore, we must continue to pray until our time of being barren is over, and we give birth to our dream/promise.

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