1 Samuel 1:1-3, 9-18
1 Samuel 1:1-2
It is a sad thing to find a Levite tainted with the error of double marriage, and in this case as in every other it caused much family misery, especially to that wife who was the best and holiest, though denied the blessing of children. Poor Hannah, a woman of great gifts as well as great grace, was so tormented by Peninnah, that her life was made bitter to her. How great a mercy it is that Christianity forbids polygamy, which the old dispensation barely tolerated, and that only because of the hardness of men’s hearts.
1 Samuel 1:3, 9, 10
Her husband loved her, but she needed richer consolation, and she sought it in much earnest prayer. This is the sure fount of comfort.
1 Samuel 1:11
Bishop Hall well remarks that “the way to obtain any benefit is to devote it, in our hearts, to the glory of that God of whom we ask it; by this means shall God both please his servant, and honour himself; whereas if the scope of our desires be carnal, we may be sure either to fail of our suit, or of a blessing.”
1 Samuel 1:12
With all his faults, Eli did not neglect his duty, but sat at his post and watched the worshippers. The very presence of the priest helped to keep order in God’s house.
1 Samuel 1:13
Good men may err. Eli was too indulgent where he ought to have been severe, and too censorious where he should have been charitable. How small a thing it is to be judged of men.
1 Samuel 1:14-16
How gently she replied! Some would have flown into a passion. Meekness is a lovely ornament of piety.
1 Samuel 1:17
Eli was not above confessing his error, and making speedy amends. Let us never be ashamed to acknowledge when we are wrong, nor slow to offer every redress in our power.
1 Samuel 1:18
Her faith in the word of God spoken by his servant was so strong, that she began at once to rejoice in the blessing promised to her. Such ought to be our confidence in the divine promise; we should be no more sad, but look out for the blessing, and welcome it with smiling countenance.
My heart is resting, O my God;
I will give thanks and sing;
My soul awaits that joyful hour
Which shall the blessing bring.
And a “new song” is in my mouth,
To long-loved music set;
Glory to thee for all the grace
I have not tasted yet.