Today’s Thoughts – Hannah’s husband loved her
By Pastor Lee Hemen
May 7, 2010
Whenever the day came for Elkanah to sacrifice, he would give portions of the meat to his wife Peninnah and to all her sons and daughters. But to Hannah he gave a double portion because he loved her, and the LORD had closed her womb…. “Do what seems best to you,” Elkanah her husband told her. “Stay here until you have weaned him; only may the LORD make good his word.” So the woman stayed at home and nursed her son until she had weaned him. (1Samuel 1:4-5, 23)
Sometimes we can forget about some of the most important people in our lives. Hannah did not mean to, but she was deeply concerned about her condition. So, in a sense, I guess perhaps she did not forget Elkanah after all. She wanted a son so Elkanah would be a proud father of her children. Yet we can forget about Elkanah and the love he displayed toward Hannah.
Elkanah not only provided for his other wife and children, he made sure that Hannah had a “double portion because he loved her,” and he knew that her womb was closed. Elkanah was a perceptive man, which can be a rarity. Many men only think about their stomachs. Their focus is often only what is right in front of them. Men do not often like to discuss feelings or emotions. There is nothing wrong with this, because God made us that way for a reason. However, it can cause problems when a guy is not sensitive enough to realize his wife is hurting. And, Hannah was hurting.
Then, God answers prayer and where is Elkanah? Why, right there beside his wife. In fact, when she relates to him that she made a vow to the Lord concerning their son, Elkanah understands completely and tells her to “do what seems best to you.” He goes further by telling her to remain with the lad until he is weaned, and he reminded Hannah of God’s promise by relating, “may the Lord make good his word.” Literally, he meant, “may God establish his promise, as he told you he would.” And, God did just that.
The wonderful and delightful truth is that Hannah’s husband loved her. Dear Christian men, we would do well to garner some wisdom from Elkanah. No, I do not mean having more than one wife, but rather how he treated his wife, encouraged her, and reminded her to honor God. Remember gents, Hannah’s husband loved her, do you love your wife in the same way? Oh, I pray you do!
Pastor Lee Hemen has been the outspoken pastor of the same church for 25 years in Vancouver, WA. He writes regularly on spirituality and conservative causes and maintains several web blogs. This article is copyrighted © 2010 by Lee Hemen and is the sole property of Lee Hemen, and may not be used unless you quote the entire article and have my permission. You now have my permission…