His Promise to the Barren

“He settles the barren woman in her home as a happy mother of children” (Psalm 113:9).

It is heartbreaking to talk with women who want to bear children but cannot conceive. Medical science has made tremendous strides in treating infertility, but there are still some cases where nothing seems to help.

I recently spoke with a man who has only one child. For many years, he and his wife tried to have a baby without success. She finally gave birth to a beautiful little girl. Now, many years later, they still remember the grief that they felt when they were childless.

Does God offer hope for situations like this?

In the Bible, there are several stories about women who were barren—Sarah, Elizabeth and Hannah, to name a few. God healed these women and gave them babies of their own. In 1 Samuel, Hannah says that she knows her child was a gift from God, a direct answer to her prayer.

We cannot say God will give a baby to every woman who asks Him, but the Bible does say that God has the power to heal. He has told us to put our hope in Him. God has healed barren women before; who is to say He will not heal you or the person you are concerned about?

The Bible also says that God puts those who are lonely into families. I do not think this means that He gives children to everyone. I do think this verse means He brings people into our lives for us to love and to make part of a family.

God can bring children into the lives of women who cannot conceive their own.


Kimberly Snider is a missionary to the Philippines.

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