The book of 1 Samuel begins with the story of Samuel’s birth. The father of Samuel had two wives, but Samuel’s mother, Hannah, was childless—mistreated and abused by the other wife even though she was treated kindly by her husband. When she prayed for a son whom she promised give to the Lord for all the days of his life (1 Samuel 1:11), she was given a son whom she named Samuel, meaning “because I asked the Lord for him.” When Samuel was still very young, he became a foster child of Eli the priest. Later Samuel would have three more brothers and two sisters besides his half-brothers and sisters. He would grow up to become a prominent spiritual leader in Israel, but before he was born it was his mother who asked the Lord for him. The Lord was gracious and compassionate to this godly woman who went through difficult times. Hannah praised God and said, “My heart exults in the Lord; my horn is exalted in the Lord, my mouth speaks boldly against my enemies, because I rejoice in your salvation,” 1 Samuel 2:1.
Proverbs 14:29 (OYB for today) contrasts those who are slow to anger and those who are quick-tempered: “He who is slow to anger has great understanding, but he who is quick-tempered exalts folly.” It’s likely that Hannah practiced this proverb and principle of divine wisdom.