Hanna in the book of Samuel was a good wife and woman. In the normal course of her life the circumstances allowed her rival to provoke her. Humanity is cruel and full of envy. At every turn where it appears by circumstances alone that one’s life is blessed compared to another our wicked hearts use the gift of knowledge of good and evil as a touchstone for critical judgment. Fortunately for the Christian we are liberated from this foul exercise. This liberation does not come by the title Christian which unfortunately is proven over and over by the hypercritics who think that they add credibility to their judgment by a piety overcoat. How far they are from knowing the God they claim to know. Christ liberates from this heart because He never possessed it. He only knows the love of the Godhead. His judgments would be true and just at any provocation addressed toward us. Yet love, His love, has no envy or weak constitution that needs to stand upon the shoulders of another. He can look to himself and judge the other not in their circumstances but in His character.
Suffering under injustice and displaying circumstances that seduce the hypercritics is a temptation to become like them. But what Hanna did as a practice we should all take note of is she went to the Lord. Lay your complaint, injuries, and hope on the alter of love. This is a trustworthy place. If you beg the hypercritics for mercy they could not give it.
At the alter of love you are not judged by the knowledge of good and evil but rather the knowledge of true love. A true love that knows the value of a human soul and the transient worth of circumstance, let the wise of this would provoke you, revile you, and condemn you. They will see soon enough that God loves you and that their formula for judgment is folly. Will it change their judgments? Never, even if hypercritics prey upon them, they will never go to the alter of love. If they would God would heal them of their hatred and they would lose their judgment. That is the treasure they will not sacrifice.