Her husband Elkanah 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?”
(1 Samuel 1:8 NIV)
In the opening chapter of the book of First Samuel, we’re introduced to Hannah, the soon-to-be mother of the book’s main character, Samuel. For years, Penninah, Elkanah’s other wife, used to provoke Hannah for her infertility, especially when the family went up to God’s house to worship. This would upset Hannah and she wouldn’t eat. Elkanah, who loved Hannah more, 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?” Oftentimes, we’re like Hannah. We’re too busy trying to meet people’s expectations that we overlook God’s great love for us. Hannah eventually had a son and it did silence Penninah, but Hannah missed on years of happiness because she let Penninah’s words get to her. Learn to enjoy God’s love regardless of your circumstances. His love is more than enough.
A heart filled with God’s love is a contented heart.