“But the feeble gird on strength. . .”

The total verse reads,

“The bows of the mighty are shattered,
But the feeble gird on strength.” –1 Samuel 2:4 (NASB)

I don’t think Hannah is seeking so much to avenge herself, comparing her barrenness to her testy co-wife’s fecundity–an easy enough way to take the words God gave her to speak–so much as she is acclaiming God’s limitless sovereign power over the whole of creation, and her real confidence that her Lord will change her circumstances and grant her what her heart desires. And He does, of course; otherwise, we would not have the two books of Samuel.

But we do have them, and I came to a reflective halt this time at the particular words, “But the feeble gird on strength,” on a morning I felt puny after a tough night of spinal pain, needing encouragement, and perhaps gratitude, that all my nights are not this hard.

But the feeble gird on strength. . .from the only wise God, for the weak.


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2 responses to ““But the feeble gird on strength. . .”

  1. Heidi

    We prayed for you especially this morning. Such a mercy that pain even here has its diminishments — and such a promise of heaven.


    • You are so precious, Heidi. Your prayer list was overwhelming to me this morning, but I think I’ll be ready to face it this evening. . .our clods of earth seem of similar terrain–one of your requests was so very like Vic’s jail roster. 😐 And we can only throw up our hands and say, “Lord, help!”

      Know that I think of you, pray for you, and write to you in my head. . . .


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