Why did God make Hannah wait so long before having a child?


Today we read about Hannah finally giving birth to Samuel. Why did it take so long? Why did God close her womb until Samuel?


We aren't told why God had Hannah wait.

"Wait on the LORD; Be of good courage, And He shall strengthen your heart; Wait, I say, on the LORD!" (Psalms 27:14).

"Wait on the LORD, And keep His way, And He shall exalt you to inherit the land; When the wicked are cut off, you shall see it" (Psalms 37:34).

"But those who wait on the LORD Shall renew their strength; They shall mount up with wings like eagles, They shall run and not be weary, They shall walk and not faint" (Isaiah 40:31).

But if Hannah had children like everyone else, she would not have been motivated to dedicate her first child to God and Samuel would not have grown up as a priest in God's house.

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