Their marriage was a marriage everyone admired. They love each other and were more than partners; you would think they had the same blood flowing in their vein. Love united them that much.
But there was a problem, She couldn’t conceive. All medical attempts proved abortive and Elkanah’s parents mounted pressure on him for a grandchild.
“Neither me or Hannah can make babies. Let’s just hold on and I believe she will bare my child(ren).” He would often tell his parents.
When the pressure of a grandchild was too much, Elkanah almost lost faith that Hannah would ever conceive, cause they had spent a lot on Hannah and there was no change or sign of her conceiving.
“I’ve heard you mother. I would take another wife.” Elkanah said to his mother who had called him to advice him about taking another wife.
“There’s nothing wrong in having more than a wife. Do you want to go to the grave without a son to carry on all this wealth?” Elkanah’s mother had told him and he thought deeply about it for he was very rich.
When he got home, he told Hannah about his plan to get another wife. Hannah felt bad, but due to her nature, she consent to it “bring her in to bare for you. I will take her in as my sister and her children as mine.” Hannah assured Elkanah and they both wept on each other shoulders.
“Thank you for understanding me” Elkanah whispered tearfully.
Elkanah soon found a lady, Peninnah. 10months into the marriage and she already had a son. Peninnah used this against Hannah and called her names and each time their mother-in-law came to visit, she’ll carry Peninnah’s baby and sing songs to provoke Hannah. But she always kept her mute and whenever she told the matter to Elkanah, he never bothered to do anything about her report.
Hannah was broken. She became depressed and year after year she kept praying and hoping for a miracle, but there was nothing to show for her prayers. She could see and feel her husband attention being fully diverted to Peninnah and her son.
Two years later and Peninnah was pregnant again. Soon she had another baby boy and this added to Peninnah’s portfolio of “The Good Perfect Wife.” Everyone, including those in the neighborhood now looked spitefully on Hannah, for some of them had once said “the problem of their barrenness might be from Elkanah But now, Peninnah has two sons by that same Elkanah.
The shame and spite from everyone made life unbearable for Hannah, but she didn’t loose hope. She always believed she would carry a child in her womb and give birth to healthy babies.
It was always her prayer at the annual conference in the head quarters of her congregation.
On this particular conference, on the last day of the conference, Hannah had knelt on the altar when the Church was almost empty and whispered words that no one could hear. Everyone that passed by felt she was crazy or maybe she had taken a strong drink and it made her act like that. But Hannah was silently praying and ignored their words.
Few months later, Hannah felt feverish and occasionally weak. No one could have thought she was pregnant; not even Hannah herself. When the fever got worst, Elkanah took her for a check up and it was confirmed that Hannah was pregnant.
Hannah’s joy knew no bounds and she gave thanks to God for answering her prayers
“for a child I prayed and the Lord has given me my petition which I asked of him.”
Few months later, she had a cute, strong and healthy baby boy after many years of waiting and she named him Samuel.
Hannah was blessed with 3sons and 2daughters and she eventually had more children than Peninnah.
The Lord is always near to those who trust in Him. The Lord maketh poor and maketh rich: He bringeth low and lifted up.
He will keep the feet of His saints, and the wicked shall be silent in darkness; FOR BY STRENGTH SHALL NO MAN PREVAIL.