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Relief from the Struggle

And whenever the time came for Elkanah to make an offering, he would give portions to Peninnah his wife and to all her sons and daughters. But to Hannah he would give a double portion, for he loved Hannah, although the Lord had closed her womb and her rival also provoked her severely, to make her miserable, because the Lord had closed her womb. So it was, year by year, when she went up to the house of the Lord, that she provoked her; therefore she wept and did not eat.

—1 Samuel 1:4-7

Hannah spent much of her life practicing the ways and customs of the Jewish temple and out of all the years she had gone how many times had she prayed similar prayers and only just now was her struggle noticed by Eli the priest. What more, even he did not see fully what grief she had endured. Rather he thought her drunk. After their conversation, however, he blessed her and she left relived of her burden and soon conceived her first born, Samuel.

Sometimes we may struggle for what may be a long time (or what may seem like it) with no one seeming to notice. But God sees it all, and though it maybe difficult, God’s timing is best. What’s more His confirmation you need may even come from someone who knows little to nothing about your struggle or how long you’ve endured it. Perhaps they even misinterpret all of it. But their knowledge of your problem is not as important as the words God has for you through them if we just listen.

Be still and wait.

Relief is on the way. 

The Faithbook 2017


2 comments on “Relief from the Struggle

  1. Brandon Adams
    Apr 24, 2017

    Thanks for this reminder!

    • The FaithBook
      Apr 24, 2017

      We all need one sometimes. This one in particular really got to me.

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