November 7th, 2019
1 Samuel 1:12-14 (KJB) And it came to pass, as she continued praying before the LORD, that Eli marked her mouth. 13 Now Hannah, she spake in her heart; only her lips moved, but her voice was not heard: therefore Eli thought she had been drunken. 14 And Eli said unto her, How long wilt thou be drunken? Put away thy wine from thee.
Hannah was pouring her heart out to God. It is likely that she could be heard voicing her prayers to God out loud. Though out loud prayer is not unheard of, this was perhaps an emotion-filled and highly expressive moment for Hannah, one that was mistaken as a time of drunkenness, but was prayerful communication with God.
Perhaps you can think to a time when a person was inebriated, and his or her actions and words were loud, awkward, and exaggerated. However, it is essential for us to note that not all expressions of this nature are caused by drinking alcoholic beverages. Such a problem can be related to a physical or mental health issue that needs further medical intervention rather than any person issuing quick judgment concerning such a situation at hand.
It is best not to jump on such a conclusion bandwagon with only what we can see and hear without considering any other valuable information missing in such a circumstance. There was even a disciple accused of drinking in the New Testament when his behavior seemed strange according to the prevailing standards employed in this world.
We must always keep in mind that every child of God desires to be a stranger in this world and that his actions, beliefs, and practices will appear to be out of this world when he is aligned with God as a citizen of heaven rather than living as a resident of this wicked world.