Over the last few years our little group that gathers to pray could not help but notice the frequency of requests for prayer from couples who are experiencing barrenness. By the grace of God most have moved into fruitfulness and have gone on to be blessed with children. However, we continue to wait on the Lord for other couples.
As I pray and look into the scripture it becomes clear that this is not a new problem. Abraham and Sarah waited a long time before she gave birth to Isaac (Gen. 21:1-3). Isaac pleaded with Jehovah to give Rebekah a child who eventually gave birth to Jacob (Gen. 25:21). An angel appeared to the wife of Manoah who had no children. She gave birth to Samson (Judges 13). Then, of course, there was precious Hannah who prayed and prayed for a child and gave birth to Samuel (1 Sam. 2). Finally Elizabeth, wife of Zacharias, was barren. But at just the right time she gave birth to John, the forerunner of Jesus.
Each one of these barren couples had to wait but at the right time, by the grace of God, gave life to men who would be critical to the Jewish people and to prepare the way for the birth of Christ.
Dear one, if you are currently waiting on God to bring forth life in you, here are some scriptures for you to review, consider and pray: Genesis 25:21; Exodus 23:26; Deuteronomy 7:13-14; Judges 13:1-10; 1 Samuel 2:1-5; Psalm 113:9; Isaiah 54:1-3; Luke 1:7-17.
Praise the Lord, despite your circumstance. In this life you will have trials, but by His grace you can rise above them and enter His gates with praise, thanksgiving, and from a place of peace. Yes, dear one, give Him praise, seek His face and His strategy from the throne of grace shall be revealed to you.
Remember Matthew 7:7 (NAS) 7 “Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you.”
Patricia L. Wenzel
Graduate, Women of Character