When you think about the Bible, romance is probably the last thing that comes to mind. But the Bible has something for everyone–even diehard romantics.
Take the story of Hannah for instance. Her husband, Elkanah, the father of Samuel, is by far the most romantic character in the Bible.
Here’s the story.
Hannah desperately wants to have a child with her husband. After all, a little child that embodies attributes of both the father and mother is the strongest declaration that “the two of us are one”.
I can understand Hannah’s desperation. Back in the day, women who could not conceive were ostracized by society. They would be treated badly, even by their own family.
But our man Elkanah was of a different breed. When he saw how upset Hannah was, he took her in his arms, held her tear-stained face in his hands, looked deep into her eyes, wiped her tears away, kissed her on the cheeks and whispered, “Why so sad, pretty face? Don’t I mean more to you than ten sons?”
Okay, he did not exactly say that. But he said something exactly like that. (Look up 1 Samuel 1 for exact details.) In any case, in my opinion, that’s like the most romantic line in the Bible.
Unlike the men of his time, Elkanah does not blame Hannah for not bearing children for him. Instead, he comforts her saying, “Don’t fret about it, sweetheart. Don’t worry about what the world says. We’ve got each other. And that’s all we need.”
This guy is a man after my own heart. He loves his wife and treats her the way all women ought to be treated – with love and respect.
I think God likes that in a man too. And therefore when God finally blesses Hannah, He is in essence blessing Elkanah too. Guess how many kids they have? Not one, not two, not three, not four…they have six.
I can almost envision Hannah surrounded by her little tots, beaming from ear to ear….with Elkanah right there with his arms around her. So realistically romantic.