SCRIPT FOR TODAY: 02/27/15- “Verbal And Mental Abuse!” (1 Samuel 1:7)
Premise Question: What can we take and learn, from the harassing verbal and mental abusive attacks suffered by Hannah, from her close rival, and then apply it to our own similar experiences, of agonizing anguish, that we have gone through or presently may be going through?
This went on year after year. Whenever Hannah went up to the house of the Lord, her rival provoked her till she wept and would not eat.
(1 Samuel 1:7 NIV)
Every year, like clockwork and without there ever being a respite; when it came time to go up to The LORD’S House to offer up the yearly homage, Peninnah, Hannah’s main rival for vying for her husband’s time, attention, love and affection and who she felt like she had to prove her value to, would be merciless in her harassing, pestering, taunting, demeaning, badgering, poking and provoking Hannah, to the point of, making her so upset and distraught, that she would become completely overwhelmed with anguish and grievous sorrow, which would give way to times of inconsolable crying, accompanied by excruciating pain in her heart, that made her feeling like it was going to break and explode right out of her chest. This would leave her completely exasperated and would cause her to even lose her desire to eat.
(1 Samuel 1:7 PDCP)
Bottom Line: Before, during and after: Before this verse, we are considering, Hannah was constantly being harassed and irritated by her rival, because she was barren, which by he way, was all part of Papa God’s divine plan and will for Hannah’s life, but also, before this verse, her husband had accepted and honored her even though she had not provided any offspring, son or daughter, even to the point of honoring her with a double portion, to show just how much he favored and loved her more than her torturing rival. During the time of this verse, we are considering, Hannah wasn’t able to clearly see or experience, much less even embrace the love and acceptance, that her husband was continually expressing towards her, because she was overwhelmed and focussed on the abuse. After, this verse we are looking at, we find Hannah’s husband pleading with her to accept his love and to not be overwhelmed by her barrenness, but Hannah responds, by running away from the presence of the loving arms and embrace of her husband and into the loving embrace of Papa God, crying and pouring her heart out to The LORD.
How many times do we not see the love and support of others, around us, because we are so focussed and overwhelmed by the verbal harassing, the mental anguish and abuse of the circumstances and situations, that we are experiencing, so much so, that we just can’t seem to rise above it, to the place of being an Overcomer; which, by the way, because of The LORD we are, if we will cry out to Him, pouring ourselves out before Him, accepting and trusting that He will deliver us in His perfect time, in order to fulfill His divine purpose and will for our lives! Blessings…
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