by Ken Trivette

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The Grieved Heart of Hannah (5 of 6)
Series: A Spiritual EKG
Ken Trivette
1 Samuel 1:8

1. In Herbert Lockyer's book, ''All The Women Of The Bible,'' his title for Hannah is, ''The Woman Who Personifies Ideal Motherhood.'' He writes, ''All that is recorded of this mother, who was one of the most noble Hebrews that ever lived, is an inspiration and benediction.''

2. Hannah is an inspiration as a wife, as a mother, and as a Christian. She is a model for every wife, mother, and every believer. We first meet her with a sad heart and before the story is over we see her with a glad heart.

3. When you look at Hannah one quickly assesses that she has a good heart. But yet one is made aware that she has a grieving heart. We read in 1 Samuel 1:8, ''Then said Elkanah her husband to her, Hannah, why weepest thou? and why eatest thou not? and why is thy heart grieved? am not I better to thee than ten sons?''

4. Her husband asked, ''Why is thy heart grieved?'' As we have taken our Spiritual EKG's, we have seen:
The Hard Heart Of Pharaoh.
The Turned Heart Of Solomon.
The Proud Heart Of Uzziah.
The Sorrowful Heart Of Nehemiah.
Now we see The Grieving Heart Of Hannah.

5. Let's consider the grieving heart of Hannah and as we take another Spiritual EKG, lets consider the condition of our own hearts.


1. At the beginning of I Samuel, we learn about the home life of Hannah. Her husband's name was Elkanah. He is described as a devout man. Notice verse 3 , ''And this man went up out of his city yearly to worship and to sacrifice unto the Lord of hosts in Shiloh.'' In all appearances, Hannah seemed to have a husband that loved the Lord.

2. He not only loved the Lord, but he also loved Hannah. Notice verse 5 , ''But unto Hannah he gave a worthy portion; for he loved Hannah.'' Hannah had a husband that loved her deeply.

3. Yet, as you look at the story there was a heavy cloud that darkened her home and spiritual life.


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