Blessed Are Those Who Mourn

To read the Bible in a year, read First Samuel 1-3.
First Samuel immediately introduces us to the future father of Samuel, “Now there was a certain man of Ramathaim Zophim, of the mountains of Ephraim, and his name was Elkanah the son of Jeroham, the son of Elihu, the son of Tohu, the son of Zuph, an Ephraimite” (1 Samuel 1:1). He had two wives, one, by whom he had children, and the other had not borne children (v. 2). Annually, he would go to Jerusalem to make an offering and at the same time he would give gifts to his wives, but to Hannah, the one without children, he would give a double portion (vv. 3-5).
Sadly, the wife with children did not treat Hannah very well, “And her rival also provoked her severely, to make her miserable, because the LORD had closed her womb” (1 Samuel 1:6). Regardless of the kind person you try to be, some people will do whatever they can to provoke you. They want to see you miserable. They will claim that God has not blessed you. They will provoke you relentlessly, even for many years. However, watch what the next verse says, “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 1:7). In the face of that endless provocation, Hannah wept and fasted. Later, the narrative says she prayed diligently to God.
Rather than striking back, she mourned and God heard her, and gave her a son who became the first judge of Israel. Who ails you? Follow Hannah’s example and watch the Lord work.

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