Blessing of Being Barren
The Lord’s intention is that when He comes in some
manner to visit us, the result will be a change within us.
He desires us to progress in our character and spiritual sensitivity,
as He deposits something of Himself into the very fiber of
our being. Our relationships with others should also reveal
that something has happened in us.
There must be a previous work of preparation within us, to
make us ready to respond to, and receive, the Lord when He
thus comes. John the Baptist was one sent to prepare a people
for the coming of the Lord. Without this time of preparation,
a revival will not go deep within. Rather, it will result
in shallowness, and fail to bring a true change of heart and
When our Lord was on the earth, multitudes were blessed and
healed. We are told that there were about 500 believers at
the time of the Upper Room experience. But only 120 waited
for the promise of the Spirit, on the day of Pentecost. The
majority were not ready and missed the outpouring of the Holy
When the Lord came the first time there had been no prophetic
voice in Israel for about 400 years. There was now a need
for such a voice. It came through a son born to Elizabeth,
the elderly and barren wife of a priest names Zacharias.
Zacharias was told by an angel,
“Fear not, Zacharias: for thy prayer is heard;
and thy wife Elizabeth shall bear thee a son,
and thou shalt call his name John ... and he
shall go before Him in the spirit and power of
Elias, to turn the hearts of the fathers to the
children, and the disobedient to the wisdom of
the just; to make ready a people prepared for
the Lord.” Luke 1:13,17.
Often, when it was time for the Lord to do a new thing, it
sprang out of a situation in which someone was barren. One
reason is so that this child who is about to be born will
be desperately wanted and needed. When Hanna realized she
was barren, she became so desperate that she was in bitterness
of soul, and wept sore (1 Samuel 1:10). The Lord even caused
her adversary to make her fret because the Lord had shut her
womb. (I Sam 1:5-6).
There was much compromise in the priesthood of that day,
and it was time to bring a change for better things. There
needed to be a fresh commitment and dedication to the Lord
so He could again have His way. Out of her barrenness came
Samuel, and a whole new order came to Israel.
On the day of Pentecost a people were gathered together,
not on the basis of their spirituality, but as a group of
failures who recognized their desperate need for a visitation
from heaven. Having known the Lord for three years did not
result in their being ready to change the world. The Lord
had told them that they would all be offended because of Him.
Peter, a few days before, had denied the Lord. The disciples
had all failed and come short. This was one of the reasons
they were of “one accord.” Thus they waited, being
aware of their utter inability to serve Him in their own strength.
When the Spirit came, they were all greatly affected.
Now they had a new motivation within them, which was greater
than before. This was not only because the Spirit came. It
was because they were ready in their hearts when the Spirit
came, knowing their barrenness and desperate need. They were
enabled to the extent that they had been disabled.
Abraham and Sarah were made ready for the promised son, after
they discovered their utter lack of ability to fulfil what
God had said to them. The Lord caused them to greatly desire
what they knew they could not produce by human methods. Thus
the child would be greatly wanted, loved, and cared for.
When Solomon was presented with two women both claiming to
be the mother of a certain baby, he solved the problem by
ordering that the living child be divided by a sword, so that
each could have half. One woman was willing for the child
to die, to settle the argument, but the true mother loved
the child. She would rather lose possession of the child than
for the child to die.
This must be our attitude about what the Lord is bringing
forth. We must love the presence of God enough to give up
our rights to it, for selfish reasons. Then the Lord will
know we correctly love what He is doing, and will be able
to trust us with the care of it.
The Pentecostal revival, which began one hundred years ago,
came as a result of earnest prayer, repentance, and commitment.
As a result, it went deep and touched the world. A burden
came in those days concerning the quality of preparation for
revival, so that the quality of the revival could continue.
However, pride, with its results, began to creep in and the
glory of the revival began to leave. The Lord comes to deliver
broken people. He will continue to come as long as we remain
broken. When we lose our sense of need and desire, the Lord
may lift His best until we again see our need.
We have learned to receive a measure of the Lord’s
presence, and we have experienced much in our day that has
been truly from the Lord. The Lord is moving sovereignly in
many places, but at the same time, there is an increasing
burden for something greater to come.
Many are becoming dissatisfied and are crying out to the
Lord, even for the return of the heavenly Bridegroom Himself.
This cry is from the Lord. As Abraham could not get an Isaac;
as Hanna could not get a Samuel; as Elizabeth could not get
a John; as the early Church could not be what God intended
them to be, so also, we will not receive, by any of the popular
methods of our day.
It is time for a new order, as in Hannah’s day. The
Lord is about to birth a witness in the earth, out of a barren
We are living in the time of the Laodicean church of Revelation
chapter three. They considered themselves rich and increased
with goods, and did not understand their need. Jesus addresses
this in Luke 6:24,25.
“Woe unto you that are rich! For ye have received
consolation. Woe unto you that are full, for ye shall
Jesus was speaking of those who did not see their need for
a Divine encounter. To this problem He said,
“Behold, I stand at the door and knock: if any man
My voice, and open the door, I will come into him, and
will sup with him, and he with Me.” Rev 3:20.)
There was a need to change their focus from the move of God,
to the God of the move. There is a sense of this need today.
Many are dissatisfied, even in the measure in which God is
It is time to examine our hearts and open our spirit to Him.
He promises to pour waters upon the dry ground, and rivers
in the desert. Now is the time to prepare for His coming,
in a way that will affect us deeply and bring forth fruit
for His glory.
The Lord will make us barren so that we will intensely desire
this child, and then take good care of it.
“Sing ... and cry aloud ... for more are the children
of the desolate than the children of the married wife,
saith the Lord.” Isaiah 54:1.