barrenness“And they were both righteous before God, walking blamelessly in all the commandments and statutes of the Lord. But they had no child, because Elizabeth was barren, and both were advanced in years.”

A little practical point today. Notice that Elizabeth and her husband are both described as “righteous…walking blamelessly”. Yet, she was “barren”. That is such a hard word. It can have such a sting. But here’s the thing. Their inability to have children was not a judgement. Elizabeth was not barren of significance, purpose or meaning in her life. She was chosen…it just took a little while for her to realize it. 🙂 Patience. Waiting. Looking for, and trusting in His purposes. It’s hard sometimes. Even when things seem stark and “barren”, there is blessing near to the heart of God.

“He found him in a desert land, and in the waste howling wilderness; he led him about, he instructed him, he kept him as the apple of his eye.” Deut. 32:10

We are so prone to judge the lives of others, and assume that their lack of _______ (insert whatever we call “evidence of God’s blessing”…be it children, marriage, financial prosperity, good health…) is an indicator of God’s level of favor toward them. Here is one instance (and there are many others) where this is disproved just by looking simply at the context.

In the case of Elizabeth and Zechariah, it was a question of “the fulness of time”. God had a specific timeline for John to arrive, grow up, take his place in history as the forerunner of the Messiah, and to become “the Baptist”. Why don’t we get this when evaluating the lives of others…and our own? It is a gift to rest in His timing, not to compare with what others may have or experience, but to look at what He has appointed for us, right now, in this moment.

Find joy there, friends.


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