“Do not consider your maidservant a wicked woman, for out of the abundance of my complaint and grief I have spoken until now” (1 Samuel 1.26 NKJV).
Hannah is barren, and she is desperately praying at the tabernacle for a child. Her heart is overwhelmed with sorrow, and she is crying out to God. She places her grief and misery at God’s feet, and she fervently prays for God to answer her prayers. The acting priest sitting at the doorway of the temple at this time is Eli. Eli is a large man, undoubtedly eating the sacrifices that his corrupt sons steal from God (1 Samuel 2.16-17). Eli’s sons, Hophni and Phinehas, not only steal the offerings from God, they also sleep with the women who gather at the temple (1 Samuel 2.22). Because Eli honors his sons over God and takes what belongs to God (1 Samuel 2.29), God says that He would no longer allow Eli and his family to serve Him (1 Samuel 2.31). So when Eli watches Hannah cry out to God at the tabernacle, he accuses her of being drunk (1 Samuel 1.14). His eyes may be tainted with his own sin and disregard for God’s commands that he sees wickedness in Hannah instead of humility. It is very easy for people to view others through eyes that have been tainted by sin, hurt, bitterness, jealousy, greed, selfishness, lust, anger, judgment, pride, etc. Although we can continue to love these people, we can’t allow corrupt opinions to define us and destroy what God is doing in our lives. Moreover, we must take great care to constantly renew our minds in Christ and lean on His understanding, so we don’t let our tainted eyes discolor the beauty of others.
“So we have stopped evaluating others from a human point of view. At one time we thought of Christ merely from a human point of view. How differently we know him now!” (2 Corinthians 5.16 NLT).