"Now the Lord was gracious to Sarah as He had said, and the Lord did for Sarah what He had promised. Sarah became pregnant and bore a son to Abraham in his old age, at the very time God had promised him. Abraham gave the name Isaac to the son Sarah bore him." - Genesis 21:1-3


One of the most difficult and emotionally painful things that couples deal with, especially for women, is the inability to have a child. If this describes your situation, you should take special interest in the stories of the first ladies of the faith – Sarah, Rebekah, and Rachel. Sarah was ninety years old when God fulfilled His promise, and she supernaturally conceived Isaac. Rebekah did not give birth to her twins until she had been married for twenty years. And Rachael struggled for years to have a child, while her older sister, Leah, had many. Likewise, so many of you that are struggling with infertility can recognize the tremendous hope of these stories, as you also find a great point of identification in the first ladies of the faith. Their struggle is your struggle. Your struggle is their struggle. And note that when they were finally able to have a child, it gave greater sense of appreciation for God’s blessing in their life.

It’s also so important to notice how, for each of these women, prayer was central. It was specific answered prayer when God brought about life in the barren womb of these women. And men, pay attention to the active role that their husbands played in praying to God to open the wombs of their wives. No matter what course you may take in medical treatment, don’t forget the most important thing, and that is to pray, to seek God’s will. If He blesses you with a child, remember that God is the Giver of life. If He doesn’t, know that He has a better plan for your life. Perhaps God will give you clarity about giving a Godly home to a child in need of parents through adoption. Whatever happens, God is the Giver of all life – He gave you life – and He wants all our lives to be fulfilled according to His purpose.