So today is Mother’s Day so I would like us to look at a great mom from the Bible. Her name was Hannah. This woman and the few chapters that describe her life give us a couple of wonderful insights into what it means to be a great mom. We find her story in 1 Samuel 1-2. Life wasn’t easy for Hannah. Just as life is difficult for moms today, life was difficult for Hannah too.
Some observations from 1 Samuel 1-2.
- She was childless – That was a horrible social stigma, it was a scar, you see in that culture whenever a woman could not conceive a child, they never even thought of the fact that it was the man’s fault, it was always the woman’s fault. And further, when a woman didn’t have a child, she was considered cursed by God.
- She was ridiculed – For her role as the woman, she was being belittled by her culture and the other woman who lived under the same roof. When they would go to offer sacrifices, the one woman would jab the other, Hannah and say…what are you doing here, God doesn’t have favor upon you, if He did you wouldn’t be childless.
- Hannah was criticized – She was a woman who childless, she was ridiculed by her culture, even the priest, and she was criticized.
- She was loved by her husband – If you read thru the first 2 chapters of 1 Samuel you see that this man really loved this woman.
5 WONDERFUL PRINCIPLES MOTHERHOOD
Principle #1 – She was a woman of faith. Hannah was a woman of faith.
She was a woman of worship. Every year, year after year she would go into the house of the Lord, she would go there and fulfill all religious rituals that were common in her day.
Principle #2 – Your children are on loan to you. Hannah knew that, that’s why when Hannah said, God just give me this child, I’ll give him right back to You. She didn’t have to say that because the truth is that child was His. And our children are only on loan to us.
Principle #3 – Prioritized mothering. Look at verse 1 Samuel 1:21.
When the man Elkanah went up with all his family to offer the annual sacrifice to the LORD and to fulfill his vow, Hannah did not go. She said to her husband, “After the boy is weaned, I will take him and present him before the LORD, and he will live there always.”
You see mothering was a priority for Hannah.
Principle # 4 – Teach them. Moms, nobody is going to teach your kid but you, guaranteed, its your responsibility. With that being said, Dad you ought to help whenever you can.
Principle # 5 – Let them go. She let him go, at 3 years old she took him to the house of the Lord and she said you’re on your own kid. She let him go.
For this child I prayed, and the LORD has granted me my petition that I made to him. Therefore I have lent him to the LORD. As long as he lives, he is lent to the LORD.” And he worshiped the LORD there. (1 Samuel 1:27–28)