Hannah – The Overcomer
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Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial because, having stood the test, that person will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised to those who love him. James 1:12 NIV
One of my favorite Bible characters is Hannah. One reason for this is because she is such an overcomer. Hannah had one of the worst things happen to her – the man she loved, the man who loved her in return took a second wife and brought another person into their relationship.
To make things worse, this other woman was able to give her husband the one gift Hannah was not able to give – children. I imagine there were nights when Hannah cried herself to sleep, especially those nights when she knew her husband was with her.
To add insult to injury, her matey (Jamaican word for ‘other woman’) teased her mercilessly choosing to highlight those things that Hannah was most conscious about and ashamed of. Even her husband made light of the situation. But Hannah did not allow this to defeat her.
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How Hannah Became An Overcomer
Instead, Hannah kept her mouth shut when other women would have struggled with silence.
She prayed when some of us would have cursed.
She called on the source of power El Olam – The Eternal God – when she needed strength.
If that’s not the sign of an overcomer I don’t know what is. What do you believe are the signs of an overcomer? What other lessons can you learn from Hannah about overcoming?
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