The great men and women of faith in the Bible all experienced some kind of barrenness. Top of my mind: Abraham and Sarah waited for Isaac for so long they thought it was impossible. Elizabeth and Zechariah also waited for a child, and when it seemed too late, God blessed them with one. In one way or the other, they broke out of barrenness. Through faith, by prayer, and in keeping hope.
Isaiah 54:1 may not make sense to a barren woman. This is what it says: “Sing, barren woman, you who never bore a child; burst into song, shout for joy, you who were never in labor; because more are the children of the desolate woman than of her who has a husband,” says the LORD.”
You may be wondering, why should I sing yet I am barren? I have not yet conceived? my age does not allow me to be hopeful? Why should I rejoice yet the storm is taking too long? I have applied for many jobs in vain! I have waited for years and there are no signs of getting married! Why should I burst into song yet my marriage is sinking? My children are wayward! My business is going down! My life is in shatters! Why should I be glad?
Well, God says you should because more are your children. Great is your reward! The barrenness does not describe you. It is a season meant to mould your character, to motivate you to stay close to God seeking Him, and to ultimately bring out God’s glory.
Be encouraged today, the barrenness will not creep you. God has not forgotten you. You are breaking out in praise, in song, and in keeping the hope. God’s grace is ever sufficient.