Pinecrest Bible Training Center

John 12:24 Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except a corn of wheat fall into the ground and die, it abideth alone.

Beginning in 2008 the vision and bible school that God so graciously gave Wade Taylor beginning in 1968 came to an abrupt end, falling into the ground and dying.-

We now wait for God to raise up and bring forth His seed of promise in another, that the vision fail not.

Fall 1981
Hannah’s Song
Kathy Clement
Pinecrest Graduate

“Now there was a certain man of Ramah . . . and his name was Elkanah . . . and he had two wives; the name of the one was Hannah, and the name of the other was Peninnah: and Peninnah had children, but Hannah had no children . . . the Lord had shut up her womb.” I Samuel 1:1, 2, 5

In ancient times, to be barren was a terrible disgrace. A person who could not bring forth a child was thought to be under divine punishment. Every Hebrew woman carried the hope in her heart that she might be the mother of the Messiah, so among the Israelites it was a double disgrace to be childless.

In Israel, there was a man named Elkanah who feared and served the Lord along with his household. He had two wives: Peninnah, who bore him children, and Hannah who, though greatly loved, was barren.

Each year, Elkanah’s family would go to Shiloh to worship and sacrifice to the Lord. Each year, he distributed to his wives their portion of the offering. Each year, Hannah watched as one by one Peninnah’s children received their portions, knowing that once again she would receive only for herself. Even though Elkanah gave her a double portion, it could not make up for the pain and shame that she bore in her barrenness. To make matters worse, Peninnah continually chided her and scoffed at her low estate from the time they left Ramah until the time they returned. Hannah was so provoked that she could do nothing but weep, and refused to eat. Even loving Elkanah could not understand her sorrow and gently rebuked her, “Hannah, why weepest thou? And why eatest thou not? And why is thy heart grieved? Am not I better to thee than ten sons?”

So it went, year after barren year, for the Lord had shut up her womb. Now, why would the Lord shut up her womb? She went yearly to offer sacrifice and worship with her husband. We know she was a good wife to Elkanah for the Scriptures say that he greatly loved her. It would seem that everything in her life was in order, yet God shut her womb. The Lord made her barren, not because He was displeased with her, but because He desired to bring her into a depth of relationship with Himself. He wanted Hannah to see her own insufficiency, and He wanted to reveal Himself to her as the rock of her salvation.

The Lord used Hannah’s circumstances to drive her ever deeper into Himself. The barrenness, the yearly agony of making this trip to Shiloh, the inability of her beloved husband to understand her misery, even the taunting from Peninnah were all being used by God to produce a fruitfulness in Hannah’s spirit so that she could ultimately bring forth fruit in her life.

God employs this same method in our lives. Many times we experience periods of barrenness where it seems as though God has forsaken us in displeasure. Our close friends misunderstand our position, and it seems as though everyone but us is bearing fruit. The enemy will provoke us and taunt us; drive us to tears as year after year our spiritual arms are empty. He loves to make us fret; he loves to point out that God is moving upon those around us to preach, to prophesy, to teach, to minister while we have nothing to show for our years of worshipping and sacrificing. It seems at times that Satan’s nagging will never cease and we are driven to the point of desperation; driven right into the arms of the Lord.

This is what happened to Hannah. After everyone had eaten and was full, the gnawing emptiness within her drove her to the Lord. She was “in bitterness of soul, and prayed to the Lord and wept sore.” This does not mean that Hannah went in a bitter spirit before the Lord. The Hebrew word for bitterness here actually means “heavy, great, anguished, chafed, sorrowful, discontented.” Her heart was about to break as she went before the Lord. The burden was too great for her to bear alone. Do you know the feeling? The agony of spirit, the aching to see your heart’s desire heard and answered? This is how Hannah came before God—not bitter, but groaning within for God to look down upon her, to hear her petition.

“And she vowed a vow, and said, O Lord of hosts, if thou wilt indeed look upon the affliction of thine handmaid, and remember me, and not forget thine handmaid, but will give unto thine handmaid a man child, then I will give him unto the Lord all the days of his life, and there shall no razor come upon his head. And it shall come to pass as she continued praying before the Lord, that Eli marked her mouth.”

Not only did Hannah pray, she continued to pray. This word in the Hebrew is a word with great meaning: “to increase, to enlarge, to heap up, to be long, to give the more, to multiply, to be thorough.” Many times we pray and give up too soon. We need to learn to pray through an issue; to continue in prayer. It says that Hannah “poured out her soul.” She held nothing back from the Lord. She reverently laid the entire issue at His feet, and praise God, He heard her petitions. After Eli’s blessing on her, she “went on her way and her countenance was no more sad.” She had given the matter to the Lord, but more importantly, she had met with the Lord in a way that changed her life. She came into a more intimate relationship with God.

When Hannah returned home, the Scripture says, “God remembered her.” Many times it would seem that the Lord has forgotten us, and will forever leave us barren. But just as surely as He remembered Hannah and caused her to conceive Samuel, He will remember us and cause the seed of His life within us to begin to grow. Hannah sought the Lord during the time of barrenness and not only brought forth a son, she brought forth God’s mighty prophet Samuel. By the same token, as we seek the Lord during the barren times, that which will come forth in our lives will be prophetic in nature. It will speak of the very nature and character of the Lord, and will always be given back to the Lord in consecration for His service; never kept for our own selfish use.

God is very busy in our lives during the barren times. He is enlarging our capacity for Himself. He is stretching us to prepare us for a great increase in the spirit. Do not despair at seemingly unfruitful periods in your life, for God is doing a precious, hidden work of preparation in you that will result in you bearing a son; the image of the Lord Jesus Christ in your life. He will raise the poor in spirit out of the dust; He will cause you to inherit the throne of glory, but first are the barren times: the times when we are “poured out” that we might contain that much more of His Spirit.

God knows what He is doing in your life. Each hardship is creating within you a greater capacity to know Him. From your emptiness, you will “break forth on the right hand and on the left.” Your sorrow and weeping will be transformed into a song of rejoicing as you see the likeness of Christ pour forth from your life. Though it seems that your barrenness will never be turned into fruitfulness continue in worship, continue in sacrifice, continue in prayer: for in due time you will sing with Hannah, “My heart rejoiceth in the Lord, mine horn is exalted in the Lord; my mouth is enlarged over mine enemies; because I rejoice in thy salvation.”


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