THE REWARDS OF SUBMITTING (Part 2)!
“Servants, [be] subject to [your] masters with all fear; not only to the good and gentle, but also to the forward” (1 Peter 2:18)
As Hannah prayed, the head priest (or pastor) walked in and saw her praying. All Eli saw were her lips moving and nothing coming out, and because he was not a very good leader, he immediately accused her of being drunk.
How insulting! I think that Hannah may have been tempted to be upset. Her reaction to this leader made all the difference in the world. Instead of being offended when he accused her of drinking, she responded with humility. She respected his leadership position. She may have not respected his lifestyle or the lifestyle of his sons (1 Samuel 2:12), but she respected him.
She explained to him with humility that she was praying. She even addressed him with a title out of respect when speaking to him. Its good to call your Pastor, ‘Pastor’ because doing that shows respect. Let’s look at Hannah as a result of her submission. 1 Samuel 1: 17 “Then Eli answered and said, Go in peace: and the God of Israel grant [thee] thy petition that thou hast asked of him.”
“It is God’s Will that through my good deeds and conduct I should silence the ignorant talk of foolish men in Jesus Mighty Name, Amen.”