Look after each other so that none of you fails to receive the grace of God. Watch out that no poisonous root of bitterness grows up to trouble you, corrupting many. – Hebrews 12:15 NLT
In talking about how we deal with difficulty in our lives, we have seen that a natural path to follow is to develop bitterness. Bitterness can lead to blaming someone else, which can lead to blindness, an inability to think clearly about our situation. If we continue on this path, we soon experience broken relationships. Hebrews 12:15 above reveals that a root of bitterness causes trouble for many.
When there's a division in the church, not just a little cat fight, but a deeper problem, do you know what that shows? Someone is disappointed. Someone has had a difficulty, and it is not resolved. Someone has become bitter, and is blaming others, experiencing blindness, and ripping relationships apart. This happens in the church. And it's why some people just give up. Someone I have invested time and prayer in just walks away from the church. Or my financial situation does not change, though I have prayed about it for a long time. The temptation is to give up. We can say, "It's just not worth it."
But what does Hannah do with her bitterness? She takes it to the Lord. She asks for a baby from God and tells Him she will give the child back to Him. Then she tells Eli, the priest, "I am very discouraged, and I was pouring out my heart to the Lord" (1 Samuel 1:15 NLT). Eli ends up blessing her in God's name, and she returns to her husband "and she was no longer sad." Hannah's circumstances aren't different, but her heart is different because she has worked things out with the Lord. Her faith is shining!
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