Your story has been told countless times, through the years.
Usually, the highlight of it is your treatment of Hannah, your husband’s other wife.
It is true that you were unkind to her – because that’s what the Bible says.
But today, I’m wondering why….
Was it just your character to be like that, or were you just a woman affected and impacted by her circumstance?
You were a woman whose husband loved his other wife. Again, we know that this is true because that’s what the Bible says.
So year after year, you watched him give portions to you and your children, while he gave a worthy portion to Hannah.
It must have been hard, just like Leah’s situation must have been too.
Were you a woman so taken by her pain that you couldn’t stop for even a little while to see that in spite of everything, God was still good to you?
He blessed you with children – sons and daughters.
And then you used your blessing to cause pain to someone else.
What if you had taken your pain to God and left it there? How different might your story have been?
I was just wondering, because there are many people – men and women – in situations similar to yours, today.
How much difference would it make if they’d stop a while, consider your story and learn from it?
You were after all, just as human as everyone else. And like we’ve been told, it’s vain to judge people when you’ve never walked in their shoes.
I’m also remembering what they’ve said about experience –
Experience is the best teacher, but it doesn’t necessarily have to be your own experience.
I feel for you, Peninnah.
We may never know why you acted like you did, but we could learn from your experience. And I pray that we do.
Because the Bible also tells us –
All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:
That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works. 1 Timothy 3:16-17.