In Due Time

1 Samuel 1:20, “And in due time Hannah conceived and bore a son, and she called his name Samuel, for she said, ‘I have asked for him from the Lord.'”

When we read this story, it is possible to think Hannah became pregnant when she went home. That is not accurate. “In due time” she conceived.

How long is “in due time?” No one knows. Verse 21 does not say, “The next year.” A year, or more, could have passed before Samuel was born and it was several years before her second child was born.

According to “Critical and Explanatory Commentary, Vol. I” a child was nursed until they were three years old. He was three when he was taken to the temple.

1 Sam. 1:19 tells of his mother making a robe and taking it to him each year. It does not say how many years she took a robe to him before she conceived again.

What we do know is that “in due time” she had three sons and two daughters. She was not ignored. 1 Sam. 1:19 says the Lord remembered her and 1 Sam. 2:21 says the Lord visited her.

You are not forgotten, “in due time” your answer will come.