Proverbs 10:24-25 (NLT)
The fears of the wicked will be fulfilled; the hopes of the godly will be granted. When the storms of life come, the wicked are whirled away, but the godly have a lasting foundation.
In Ecclesiastes King Solomon looked at good and evil. His conclusion was, to the righteous it shall be well with them, but to the wicked woe to them. The wicked have a fear of punishment for their sin, but they lack the wisdom to take their fears and turn from their sins. The righteous also have fears, but they look to God to solve their problems so they live according to their faith and not their fear. The prosperity of the wicked will come to an end, but those content in God have a strong immovable foundation that preserves their hope.
The book of 1 Samuel recounts the story of Hanna. Elkanah had two wives, Hannah and Peninnah. Peninnah had children, but Hannah did not. Each year Elkanah would travel to Shiloh to worship and sacrifice to the Lord of Heaven’s Armies at the Tabernacle. The priests of the Lord at that time were the two sons of Eli—Hophni and Phinehas. On the days Elkanah presented his sacrifice, he would give portions of the meat to Peninnah and each of her children. And though he loved Hannah, he would give her only one choice portion because the Lord had given her no children. So Peninnah would taunt Hannah and make fun of her because the Lord had kept her from having children. Year after year it was the same—Peninnah would taunt Hannah as they went to the Tabernacle. Each time, Hannah would be reduced to tears and would not even eat. “Why are you crying, Hannah?” Elkanah would ask. “Why aren’t you eating? Why be downhearted just because you have no children? You have me—isn’t that better than having ten sons?” As the story of Hanna unfolds the Bible says Hanna prayed she might have a son who she could dedicate to God. Even though she had been taunted for years she still had faith in God. Hanna’s husband, Elkanah, was not an encouragement as he gave the greater portions of offering to Peninnah and her children; and lacked understanding of her pain, saying, “you have me, isn’t that better than having ten sons?” But Hanna’s foundation of faith was in God. She prayed to God because she knew He could answer her prayers. She eventually gave birth to Samuel and prayed this prayer, “My heart rejoices in the Lord! The Lord has made me strong. Now I have an answer for my enemies; I rejoice because you rescued me. No one is holy like the Lord! There is no one besides you; there is no Rock like our God. Because of Hannah’s faith the Lord gave Hannah three sons and two daughters. Praise God who listens to the prayers of those who are down trodden and fearful. Praise Him for being the foundation of our hopes.