Like many men of the time, Elkanah had two wives. Peninnah had children, but Hannah did not. Hannah wanted to have children.
One day Hannah and her husband were traveling to while the other wife stayed at home with the kids. On their journey to Shiloh her husband asked, “Hannah, why are you so sad?”
Heartbroken, Hannah replied, “Give me children.”
Elkanah loved Hannah. Her words hurt. Frustrated he said, “Am I God that I could give you children?” And he added, “Aren’t I better to you than many sons? Aren’t you satisfied with me?”
Posted on Tuesday, April 3, 2012
in Emotional, Relational, Social, Spiritual, Values
I’ve been confronted by several people that I respect recently. Whether I want it to or not, confrontation can tear at, or even trample, my self-identity.
One person suggested that I sounded like I thought that I knew more than other people and “if only they knew what I knew then they would be okay.” I hate when I’ve been condescending.
I’ve also been confronted that I seem intimidated around people who are wealthier than me; and they are right.
When I have allowed God to come close, as close as I have so far, it can feel overwhelming. I forced back tears just now thinking of how special I felt. At the same time, I know that I willfully and consciously pushed God back because it felt so…overwhelming, that I felt like I couldn’t house God’s love inside of me.
I was on a trip with a group of TreeHouse teens. I was praying.