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  • Writer's pictureJan Weihl

Trusting God's Vengeance (1 Samuel 1)

What do you do when someone says something to upset or belittle you? Maybe the question we should ask is, “What does God want us to do?”

In 1 Samuel 1, Hannah was mocked and ridiculed for her barrenness by Peninnah, Hannah’s husband’s other wife.

Hannah would have already felt worthless. I can’t imagine how much worse this other woman’s constant mocking would have made her feel.

1 Samuel 1:6 So Peninnah would taunt Hannah and make fun of her because the Lord had kept her from having children.

But rather than taking vengeance in her own hands, Hannah trusted God and that He would judge Peninnah in His time. So she left judgment up to God and resisted the temptation to take vengeance.

Romans 12:19 Vengeance is mine, I will repay, saith the Lord.

Could it be we tend to follow the example that has been modeled for us?

If we have seen those around us take vengeance, we will be inclined to take vengeance also. But if we have seen those around us trust God to judge in His time, we will wait and trust in God too.

So I guess the real question I need to think about for my own life is, “What am I modeling for those around me when I find myself in Hannah’s shoes?”

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Unknown member
Mar 27, 2022

I feel that if not prepared, it is easy to take vengeance in our own hands. Life will always present us with these situations. Preparation is trusting in the Lord and prayer.

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