I LOVE PENINNAH
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ISamuel 1:6–7 And her adversary also provoked her sore, for to make her fret, because the LORD had shut up her womb. And as he did so year by year, when she went up to the house of the LORD, so she provoked her; therefore she wept, and did not eat.
A story is told in 1Samuel of a man named Elkanah who had two wives; Hannah who was his preferred wife was barren whereas Peninnah who was not really liked had a fruitful womb. Each one of them was advantaged in one way and disadvantaged in another. One was loved but had no children while the other was not really loved but neither could she be ignored because she bore Elkanah several children. Every year, Elkanah went up to make sacrifices unto the Lord in Shiloh and every time he did so, he gave portions of meat to Peninnah’s sons and daughters but unto Hannah, he gave a double portion because he loved her. Peninnah being Hannah’s co-wife and also being the less loved by Elkanah, took advantage of her barrenness and provoked her to tears.
There is nothing as painful to a woman as being unable to multiply the seed of her husband. When Jehovah God created man and blessed them instructing them to be fruitful and to multiply, it is the woman that got the anointing to do this; the man has seed but it is the woman with the ability to multiply that seed. Barrenness in a woman is an inability to multiply the seed of her husband and the reason it is very painful for her is because it is an attack on her function and purpose in that regard. For Peninnah to continually remind Hannah of her unfruitfulness was very painful. She was indirectly reminding her of how she had failed to fulfill her purpose in marriage. This was unbearable for Hannah; it was too painful, it literally made her shiver like she had a fever.
Elkanah her husband asks her, “Hannah, why weepest thou? And why eatest thou not? And why is thy heart grieved? Am I not better to thee than ten sons?” I am certain that it was not the first time Elkanah was comforting Hannah. Perhaps he had done it over a period of time offering her good gifts and kind words as a consolation. But a time comes in a person’s life where consolation no longer makes sense because the cry of purpose becomes louder. What has you (Elkanah) being better than ten sons got to do with me (Hannah) bearing my own children? Hannah reached a point where those lines of consolation no longer worked for her. Whether the husband was greater than ten sons or not was not the issue anymore. The issue was “I have something on the inside and it must manifest! I have a prophet on the inside and he must come out! The anointing of multiplication that God intended for me must manifest! That’s it dear husband. Do not console me out of it”
That is the reason I love Peninnah. Sometimes we get too comfortable with the consolations of certain people that we risk purpose. You need a Peninnah; one who will provoke you until you fret. Peninnah will always put purpose in your face. She will tell you “Baby, you don’t have kids. You are soooooo barren!”Then she will show off with the number of children she has produced. Your husband will then comfort you again but Peninah is so good at her game, she will say another word that will throw you in shambles again and it will be as though your husband had not consoled you at all. You will weep and you will not eat; you will soon realize that no amount of consolation can cover up for purpose. On the inside of her was a prophet that Elkanah was not seeing. The words of her adversary drove her into the temple. She was in bitterness of soul, and prayed unto the LORD, and she wept sore. And she vowed a vow, and said, “O LORD of hosts, if thou wilt indeed look on the affliction of thine handmaid, and remember me, and not forget thine handmaid, but wilt give unto thine handmaid a male child, then I will give him unto the LORD all the days of his life, and there shall no razor come upon his head”. When the priest of the temple saw her, he thought she was drunk because only her lips moved but her voice was not heard. Hannah told him, “No, my lord, I am a woman of a sorrowful spirit: I have drunk neither wine nor strong drink but have poured out my soul before the LORD”. Eli the priest blessed her and asked the God of Israel to grant her petition.
The scripture teaches that after this experience, Hannah went her way and started eating and her countenance was sad no more. That is how one knows that they have accessed what they have been praying for. God releases a certain peace upon you as you pray. She had not received any news of being pregnant but yet she was no longer sad and had regained her appetite. No physical evidence made her feel this way but a certain assurance from God in her heart did. Not long after that, Prophet Samuel was born; one of the greatest prophets, the last judge of Israel and the man that anointed the first kings of Israel. Peninnah is an induced labour. When the Doctors realize that you have something to birth but your body is not responding the way it should, they have learned to induce labour pains. When God has plans of birthing a prophet through you but you are not responding the way expects, He sends a Peninnah.
Once I was dating a girl who had more money than I did. She bought a car before I had one. Every time I requested to drive her car, she became skeptical. The truth though is that I had not yet mastered driving and she knew it. She kept screaming at me every time I was driving. On the inside, I told myself “enough of this”. I had no plans of purchasing a car but I purposed to own one before the end of that year. God being my witness, I purchased my first car on December 31st of that very year. Another friend of mine had completed his Bachelor’s degree but had spent close to three years without a job. One time, his Aunty walks up to him and tells him how he is a shame to the whole family. “You are growing old and yet you don’t have a job, you don’t even have a girlfriend! You are such an embarrassment!”, so she told him. To be very honest, I had personally observed this friend of mine hunting for jobs and I knew how he had been wearied and frustrated by the whole experience. When dear Aunty walks up to him and says what she said, my spirit knows this is a Peninnah. It was hardly a month after making those statements that my dear friend got a job opening that has since turned his life around.
A moment comes in your life where you either manifest or you manifest! There are no two ways about it. Those people who keep referring to you as poor are only provoking you into wealth. That nagging Landlord is provoking you into building your own house. Those that make fun of your ministry are provoking you into a greater anointing. Those that make fun of your singlehood are only provoking you into the best marriage. Those that refer to you as weak are provoking you to strength. Go into the temple, pour out your soul before the LORD like Hannah did until you feel that supernatural peace. That supernatural peace in your spirit is an indication that you have conceived your miracle. Sometimes all you need is a provocation. Elkanah is spoiling you with vain consolations; you need a Peninnah!
FOR FURTHER REFERENCE: Psalms 42:5, Rom 8:28
My LORD, I want to thank you for all the provocations that have come my way. Look upon my affliction and grant me my victory in the face of them that cause me to fret. Let a table be prepared for me in their presence. My face shall not be confounded before them anymore. I trust that there is a greater purpose in this for me than I initially thought. All things are working together for my good. Thank you Jesus.
Greetings from Sandie! Always remember that Christ in you is the Hope of Glory!
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24th July, 2017
ROGERS SOLOMON KISAMBIRA