Scripture: 1 Samuel 1:12-14
Now it came about, as she continued praying before the LORD, that Eli was watching her mouth. As for Hannah, she was speaking in her heart, only her lips were moving, but her voice was not heard. So Eli thought she was drunk. Then Eli said to her, "How long will you make yourself drunk? Put away your wine from you."
Insights: Another one of the things that happens on this side of eternity is misunderstandings. Communication is a wonderful and a horrible thing. It is the tool by which we get to know other people. Through good communication we can plan and prepare for great events. At the same time, communication gets ugly and messing sometimes. We say something and the other person takes it the wrong way. Someone will see us doing something and misunderstand our intentions. This sad reality is exactly what happened to Hannah. She was praying and Eli was watching. He thought she was drunk, but in reality she was heartbroken because of her great distress we talked about yesterday. Her mouthing of her words to God in prayer were thought to be the actions of a drunken woman to Eli. Beloved, when you are misunderstood learn to trust in the Lord to work the situation out. Let Him be your defender and believe He will in the end work it out to His glory through your life of obedience.
- Are you currently being misunderstood by other people?
- Are you trying to defend yourself against false accusations?
Prayer: Father, in this world I often face people that make accusations about me that are just not true. Help me to trust in You as my defender and help in my time of misunderstanding with other people. You heal the communication lines and let me see You glorified as You clear up the communication lines. Amen.