“Both of them were upright in the sight of God . . . But they had no children, because Elizabeth was barren.”
Read: Luke 1:5-17
From a human perspective the timing looked all wrong. “In the time of Herod king of Judea” was about the worst time we could imagine. But from God’s perspective it was the fullness of time. God does not operate on worldly standard time. Nor does he use the people we might expect. There is no perfect time. There are no perfect people, but that didn’t stop God!
Life often does not turn out the way we expect it should. It certainly didn’t for Elizabeth. She had no children. If we read between the lines we sense a lot of suffering in Elizabeth’s life even though she was good and obedient. The danger faithful people face, especially older Christians, is believing that life is nothing more than a mixed bag of good and evil. We need to learn what Elizabeth did; that in one way or another God does overcome the barrenness of life when we trust Him and are faithful to Him.
Prayer: Heavenly Father, teach us to trust you in the middle of our disappointments. Sometimes we are frustrated that You do not work the way we expect you should. We keep looking for a blessing that doesn’t come. Lord enable us to accept both the strain and the promise of faithfulness. We are Your children and we look forward to Your inheritance Amen.
4 thoughts on “December 4 – . . . But they had no children, because Elizabeth was barren.””
How encouraging it is to know that the faithfulness of God and the fulfilment of His work is not dependent on our understanding or even how we feel about our circumstances.
No wonder He asks us to trust Him with all our heart and lean not on our own understanding.
Jim, how true that life is not a mixed bag of good and bad things in our life…. Romans 8:28 says so… all things work together for good… keep on keeping on for Christ. Paul
Just a note to say thank you for your advent devotionals. They are a real blessing and encouragement to my heart!
Thanks Jim for your reflections and words. Why are we surprised when disappointment or struggles come? His word told us not to be surprised(1 Peter 4:12). God’s word encourages us as we face trials of many kinds. I am thankful he is able and is always with us at all times.