How Hannah Dealt With Her Rival, Peninnah In Times Of Tribulation

February 22, 2017 / Alonge Michael / Virtuous Women / 1 Comment »

Imole MafoIn the dense of clouds of rivalry, the clouds of honesty have a role to play but not many people will see it in that light. In life that we are in, such has always been the disposition of man that whatever makes a distinction always produces rivalry but Hannah fought against herself and not rivalry; reason she was able to overcome the adversity she was faced with in the house of Elkanah, his husband.

Read below what Imoleayo, daughter of late Rev. Paul Suuru Maforikan sent to us concerning the rivalry between Hannah and Peninnah.

We all know who Hannah is in the Bible, but do we know about her rival wife named Peninnah, who made her life miserable because she was barren.

Hanna was barren for a long time which pushed Elkanah to marry Peninnah, but his love for Hanna surpassed the one he had for the other wife. Peninnah would call her children to mock and abuse Hannah, and Hannah cried and cried and would not answer her no matter what.

Elkanah was forced to get another wife because of the Jewish tradition to get another wife to bear children if the first could not for a certain period of time.

Hannah was battling with two big problems which most women battle with in our different homes. Which include:

  1. Hatred from another woman who is married to her husband.
  2. She was barren.

I know most women would have made drastic decisions if they were in Hannah’s shoe. Hannah used wisdom and she was praying to God for the fruit of the womb.

The Bible made it known to us that God answered Hannah’s prayer and blessed her with five children (1 Samuel 2:21).

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Lessons Learnt:

  1. When people are going through trials and tribulations, DO NOT MOCK THEM. Don’t think you are righteous than them. Samuel the first born of Hannah was blessed more than the first born of Elkanah.
  2. Endurance. We need to keep asking for spirit of endurance in everything we do. He who laughs last, laughs best.
  3. Applying wisdom when it’s needed. Hannah didn’t tell her husband what Peninnah was doing to her.
  4. Not all men want polygamous home there are some circumstances that push them just like Elkanah.

(1 Sam. 1:6, 1 Sam.4-8, Deuter. 32-4).

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One response to “How Hannah Dealt With Her Rival, Peninnah In Times Of Tribulation”

  1. Turayo says:

    Hummm, wisdom and endurance. Most men now marry many wives just to fornicate. How many of them treat there first wives like Elkanah did ?

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