Before we ventured into this journey, I never realized how much the Bible speaks about infertility (Hannah, Rebekah, Sarah, Rachel, Manoah’s wife, Michal, the Shunnamite woman, Elizabeth, and Abimelech’s wife). I used to just glaze over those passages only admiring their trust and faith. However, now when I read them the words jump off the page at me- I’m not alone! And the same God they trusted in is the same God I trust in; He hasn’t changed! What He did for them, He will do for me!
Whatever you’re battling today, I hope that you can be encouraged by the faith that Abraham and Sarah had:
Even when there was no reason for hope, Abraham kept hoping—believing that he would become the father of many nations. For God had said to him, “That’s how many descendants you will have!” And Abraham’s faith did not weaken, even though, at about 100 years of age, he figured his body was as good as dead—and so was Sarah’s womb. Abraham never wavered in believing God’s promise. In fact, his faith grew stronger, and in this he brought glory to God. He was fully convinced that God is able to do whatever he promises. (Romans 4:18-21 NLT)
The story of Abraham amazes me no matter how many times I read it. It’s not just the birth of a son when he was a hundred years old. That’s a miracle. But just as amazing is the information that he waited twenty-five years for the fulfillment of the promise. He was seventy-five when God promised Him a son.
I wonder how many of us would believe God and live in expectation for twenty-five years. Most of us probably would have said, “I didn’t really hear from God.” “Oh, I guess maybe God didn’t really mean that.” Or “I need to go somewhere else to get a fresh word from the Lord.”
In our impatience, we often take matters into our own hands. I say we get “bright ideas”–plans of our own, which we hope God will bless. These plans open the door for confusion and chaos. Then their results must be dealt with, which often delays our miracle.
The Bible gives us promises, hope, and encouragement. God promises good to those of us who serve Him. Despite the adversity of our circumstances–and some people have absolutely terrible situations–God still promises good. Our sense of goodness, however, may not be the same as God’s. Getting what we want immediately may not be best for us. Sometimes waiting is the best thing because it helps develop the character of God in us.
The Lord chooses to do good to us and to make us happy; the devil chooses to do wrong and to make us miserable. We can remain patient and keep believing God’s promises, or we can allow the evil one’s whisper to fill our ears and lead us astray.
Positive belief in God’s promises yields good results because the Good One sends them to us. Refuse to give up, and you will see the results of your positive belief.
Pray: Dear Father in heaven, forgive my lack of belief. Forgive me for allowing Satan to deceive me or make me think I’m worthless or unworthy of Your miracles. The enemy often tries to fill me with unbelief and make me deny Your powerful love for me. But like Abraham, I stand firm on Your promises. I am worthy because You made me worthy. You are the God of the impossible, and I ask You to help me wait on You and never give up. Thank You for the comfort I find in Your assurance that You’re always with me. In the name of Jesus Christ my Lord, I pray. Amen.
From the book Battlefield of the Mind Devotional by Joyce Meyer. Copyright © 2005 by Joyce Meyer. Published by FaithWords. All rights reserved.
Confession: My 42nd two-week wait has ended with a negative pregnancy test…again…for the 42nd time. Even though the test is negative, my attitude and belief remains POSITIVE! I BELIEVE that what HE did for Hannah, Rebekah, Sarah, Rachel, Manoah’s wife, Michal, the Shunnamite woman, Elizabeth, and Abimelech’s wife HE will do for me!
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