God likes to blow us away with miracles of motherhood. Infertility is so common in the Bible, not only a modern day trial. God performs many miracles and gives the childless a child. Not only that, but God performs a complete miracle to send His only Son to Earth! Jesus Christ is conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit!
There are many women longing for the gift of a husband and children. God’s word speaks to every generation. I believe that the miracles God performed in the Bible relating to motherhood can give hope to today’s generation. Infertility is sadly a very common cross. Additionally, women are getting married older than ever, which can cause some panic regarding the ability to attain pregnancy. Sometimes women feel they have waited too long for a spouse, and with relation to their “biological clock,” settle on the next best person to come along. Waiting on God’s best usually doesn’t come in our timing and can cause fear about the ability to have children. Take heart at the esteem that God has for motherhood, and the miracles the LORD has done for so many women in granting them their heart’s desire.
- The following are just a few of the stories of God making women mothers (against the odds) in the Bible.
- Sarah is the wife of Abraham. She was very advanced in years, well past the age of childbearing. Years earlier, the Lord had made a covenant with Abraham (then Abram), telling him that his descendants would be as numerous as the stars. Nothing seems to happen, and still Sarah and Abraham are childless. One fateful day, three visitors come to visit Abraham. One tells him that they will have a son. Sarah is hidden and listening the conversation. She laughs, thinking it impossible for her to have a child. The Lord tells Abraham: “Is anything too hard for the Lord? I will return to you at the appointed time next year, and Sarah will have a son.” (1 Gen. 18:14) Indeed, the word of God comes true, and Isaac is born. It didn’t matter that Sarah was way past childbearing years. God kept His promise.
- Hannah is a wife of Elkanah in the first book of Samuel. Elkanah has another wife who has children. As for Hannah, the “Lord had closed her womb.” (1 Sam 1:6) The other wife taunts Hannah about this, and Hannah herself is absolutely brokenhearted at her inability to have a child. “In her deep anguish Hannah prayed to the Lord, weeping bitterly.” (1 Sam 1:10) The priest Eli sees Hannah, and thinks she is drunk due to her behavior! That is the extent of her sadness. The priest blesses her and tells her that God will grant her her prayer. The family goes up to worship the next day, and after that husband and wife come together. God opens the womb of Hannah, and she conceives Samuel. Hannah dedicates the child to God. Samuel goes onto become a great man of God.
- Elizabeth is the wife of Zechariah in the New Testament. Elizabeth was unable to have children. She and Zechariah were very old. An angel appears to Zechariah letting him know that they will have a son named John. “Zechariah said to the angel, “How can I know that what you say is true? I am an old man, and my wife is old, too.” (Luke 1:18) Zechariah is rendered mute until the birth of their son due to his inability to believe. Elizabeth gives birth to John the Baptist, the forerunner of Jesus Christ. (And incidentally, also His cousin!)
Do you think your motherhood is any less important to God than that of the women in the Bible? Wait on God, and trust Him! Our miracles aren’t always wrapped up like we want them to be. He will work, though it may not come in the form of a positive pregnancy test. Nowadays it often comes in being led to a child (sometimes halfway across the world) who you just know that God is asking you to raise, or filling the important role of mother for the neighbor down the street without a mother figure. Spiritual motherhood is a vital role that women also fill by their prayers and teaching the Lord’s way by both word and example. (Yes, it is a very important form of motherhood in itself–one not focused on very much.) Believe His word and His promises! Be open to the ways He is working.
“Blessed is she who has believed that the Lord would fulfill his promises to her!”~Luke 1:45
Happy Mother’s Day to all mommas and all those women who are mothers at heart!