-Paul Ilesanmi: Hannah the Wise woman
Hannah was seeking the face of God for a child and she was always going to the house of the Lord and on a particular Shiloh, she was praying
“And [Hannah] was in distress of soul, praying to the Lord and weeping bitterly.” 1Sam 10
And the priest saw her.
“So Eli thought she was drunk. Eli said to her, How long will you be intoxicated? Put wine away from you” 1Sam 1:14
Naturally, what should she have said.
Someone that was weeping bitterly
Now imagine if she had said that “Are you blind, don’t you see that I have been coming to Shiloh every year? Why are you so insensitive, what kind of priest are you sef”
That should have probably been the natural response but see what she did
“No, my lord, I am a woman of a sorrowful spirit. I have drunk neither wine nor strong drink, but I was pouring out my soul before the Lord.” 1Sam 1:15
See the response of the priest:
“Then Eli said, Go in peace, and may the God of Israel grant your petition which you have asked of Him.”
And Hannah conceived.
Beloved, be careful of your words!
Some people have hindered their progress with the words of their mouth.
And people have been elevated just by saying the right words.
Imagine what would have happened if Hannah had retaliated🤔.
Often, we justify ourselves by saying we were angry, we are not in a good mood so we talk “anyhow” to people.
I remember there was time I did a partnership work along with someone, but the money was not forthcoming, for so long.
Having exhausted my patience, I had already composed in my head what I will say to the person.
I decided to speak with my coworker, and what she said made me change my mind.
The following week, the person paid.
Imagine if I had “pour out my mind” during that time? .
I am thinking Hannah must have understood the meaning of honor for her not to have retaliated.
See, all this things that some youth are doing, abusing those that have gone ahead of them, they are only stalling their own progress.
Be careful of what you even say to yourself when facing challenges.
It was said of the Pharisees that “they looked for a way to arrest Jesus”
“They hoped to catch Jesus in something he said, so that they might hand him over to the power and authority of the governor.”
They wanted to use a justifiable ground to arrest Jesus which was through WHAT HE SAID!
“Your very words will be used as evidence against you, and your words will declare you either innocent or guilty.” Mat 12:37 TPT
Beloved, be mindful of your words.