Of Barrenness and Babies

Monday, December 8, 2014

Both of them were righteous in the sight of God, observing all the Lord’s commands and decrees blamelessly. But they were childless because Elizabeth was not able to conceive, and they were both very old.  Luke 1:6-7

Sometimes God doesn't make a lot of sense to the human brain.  Like leaving a righteous couple childless.  Why does He allow suffering?  Why doesn't He not bless those that follow after Him?  Or does He?

The only reason Elizabeth doesn't have a child at this point in the plot is because of her son, John! He needed to show up at precisely the right time.  He needed  to make his appearance in a miraculous way.  I have two sons, and neither of their births were foretold by an angel.  My husband wasn't made mute because he didn't believe an angel  came to him one day at church to tell him a son was to show up on the scene soon.  Yet, this was the experience of Zechariah and Elizabeth.  God left them childless to show His glory.  Their son would point to the arrival of the Son. God had allowed the childlessness to bring about a greater story.  Who wouldn't want to give birth to the one who would precede the Christ?  Would a little old age and childless years make up for the privilege of being related to the Righteous One?

In God's plot there is always more to come.  It is that which is to come that makes all the difference.  Can we wait for Him to work out the details?  To bring forth His Son?

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 Want to read an absolutely amazing story of barrenness? Check out Every Bitter Thing Is Sweet.  A story not to be missed that shows that sometimes what we lack in life becomes a better story.

Her Own Child is another story of childless that is not to be missed! Take a few moments to read this one and marvel at a God that works out all the details!!  Because that which is to come is  greater than we can imagine (Ephesians 3:20).

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