So in the course of time Hannah became pregnant and gave birth to a son. She named him Samuel, saying, “Because I asked the Lord for him.” -1 Samuel 1:20
Infertility is tough to talk about. It’s tougher to live with. When you or someone you know desires to have a child and cannot, there is a certain struggle unique to no other situation.
Hannah is one of the Bible’s classic stories of a woman who endures the inability to bear a child. In her case, she prayed before the Lord and he answered with a son.
She named him Samuel. Why? Not because of family, but because of meaning. It was a Hebrew name that meant “asked of the Lord.” She “asked the Lord for him.”
The Bible says elsewhere we have not because we ask not. Whatever your struggle today, turn to the Lord. Ask him for help. He may not give the answer we wish, but he does hear and he will respond. Ask the Lord.
Dillon Burroughs is the author and coauthor of numerous books and is handwriting a copy of all 31,173 verses of the Bible at HolyWritProject.com. Find out more about Dillon at Facebook.com/readdB or readdB.com.