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Have You Waited Year After Year for a Dream?

on March 11, 2014

Because the Lord had closed Hannah’s womb, her rival kept provoking her in order to irritate her. This went on year after year.
                                                                                     –1 Samuel 1:6-7a

The book of 1 Samuel opens with the story of Hannah and her desire to have a child. Elkanah had two wives–Peninnah who had children and Hannah who was childless. Every year when they went up to the town of Shiloh to worship, Hannah prayed for a child, but year after year, she remained barren.

Hannah poured out her soul to the Lord and, in the first part of Samuel, we witness her bitter plea to Him. It is after this purging of her deepest desires that Eli the priest–who hears her prayer–tells her to go in peace, and may the Lord grant her request.

Later that year, Hannah conceived and gave birth to Samuel, whose name means, “I asked God for him.”

Have you been where Hannah was? Maybe it wasn’t a child or even marriage that you asked of God. Possibly, it was a job or the fulfillment of another dream.

Things don’t always happen the way we desire. Sometimes what we ask never appears. It must have seemed that way for Hannah. Verse 7 starts with “this went on year after year.” Oh, how her soul must have ached all those years. She must have questioned the Lord as to why He wasn’t giving her a child.

The great thing about this story is that Hannah never gave up. She never tried to make excuses. She continued to present her request and trust in the Lord.

Friends, if you are still praying for a dream, don’t give up. The Lord is in the business of answering prayers. Sometimes it just takes year after year of trusting.

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2 responses to “Have You Waited Year After Year for a Dream?

  1. Carole Brown says:

    Never, never give up!

  2. You are always such an encouragement, Carole! I’m glad you’re enjoying the blog.

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