The scripture passages for Day 4 are 1 Samuel 1:1-8 (NIV)
1 There was a certain man from Ramathaim, a Zuphite a]”>[a] from the hill country of Ephraim, whose name was Elkanah son of Jeroham, the son of Elihu, the son of Tohu, the son of Zuph, an Ephraimite. 2 He had two wives; one was called Hannah and the other Peninnah. Peninnah had children, but Hannah had none.
3 Year after year this man went up from his town to worship and sacrifice to the LORD Almighty at Shiloh, where Hophni and Phinehas, the two sons of Eli, were priests of the LORD. 4 Whenever the day came for Elkanah to sacrifice, he would give portions of the meat to his wife Peninnah and to all her sons and daughters. 5 But to Hannah he gave a double portion because he loved her, and the LORD had closed her womb. 6 And because the LORD had closed her womb, her rival kept provoking her in order to irritate her. 7 This went on year after year. Whenever Hannah went up to the house of the LORD, her rival provoked her till she wept and would not eat. 8 Elkanah her husband would say to her, “Hannah, why are you weeping? Why don’t you eat? Why are you downhearted? Don’t I mean more to you than ten sons?”
The central passage for day 4 is 1 Samuel 1:8
8 Elkanah her husband would say to her, “Hannah, why are you weeping? Why don’t you eat? Why are you downhearted? Don’t I mean more to you than ten sons?
On this day Beth talk largely about the roles of husbands and wives. As someone who has yet to have the experience of being in a marriage relationship I found that part of Beth’s discussion harder to relate to. However there is a part of this passage that I found I could fully relate to. It was the rivalry and torment that Hannah repeatedly faced with Peninnah. I think at some point in life each person faces some sort of rivalry. Whether you are the one giving or receiving the torment haven’t we all been there at some point or another?
You have this one real great desire of your heart and no matter what you do it just won’t seem to come to pass.Then in walks your rival and they have been able to attain the desire of your heart some times several times over. If that weren’t enough they have the audacity to throw it in your face every chance they get. The thing that gets me though us scripture does not say that Hannah retaliates. I think at some point if it were me I might find something to throw back in the other wife’s face. Possibly the fact that their husband gave me more because he loved me.
I really feel for Hannah she was in so much pain that not even the kind words from her husband soothed her broken spirit. Have you ever been there? Have you ever been there you are so much that no amount of kind words from anyone close to you heals your pain? In times like that only God can heal your pain any other fix would be temporary. I think that is one of the amazing things about Hannah even in her deepest pain she held on to her faith and believed that God could/would heal her.
Well that is all for today, until next time