" He maketh the barren woman to keep house, and to be a joyful mother of children. Praise ye the Lord."
(Psalms 113:9 KJV)
By definition, BARREN means unfruitful, unproductive or childless and is commonly used to describe a physical problem among women. A barren woman was considered abnormal in scripture and often interpreted as being punished by Our Awesome God. But the word, barren, is often used in other ways: barren ground - "...the water is naught, and the ground barren" (2 Kings 2:19 KJV); spiritual condition - "For if these things be in you and abound, they make you that ye should neither be barren or unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ" (2 Peter 1:8).
God has a purpose in barrenness; (Ironically, He can use it to make you more fruitful or to make you be more creative). Being unproductive or barren often invokes strong feelings and Our Awesome God uses our feelings to improve what we are doing or sometimes to get us to change what and how we are doing things. For instance, Hannah promised in tears to dedicate her son to God if He would remove her barrenness (1 Samuel, Chapter 1). There are times when God will purposefully allow us to go through barren places, as He did Hezekiah. "...God left him, to try him, that he might know all that was in his heart;" (2 Chronicles 32:31 KJV).
Many times when you may feel you have crossed into a place of spiritual barrenness, you may battle many feelings - discouragement, despair, anger, you feel unproductive, unfruitful, nothing is happening. God may be using the experience to accomplish something in you, to make you fruitful, more productive, to mature or think more creatively. These experiences are often used to have people develop a hunger to seek Our Awesome God so He can give them what they need and want to feel complete. It is for you to mature in your walk with God and usually means you need to get on your knees and talk to God. Pray, for God has a purpose in what He does and you are on earth now because your purpose here is to be fruitful. God is working in you!
Our Awesome God cares about the barren and wants them to bear fruit. God's kingdom is not a dead, dry, barren place, it is a place of growth and fruitfulness. "I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit..." (John 15:5 KJV). God wants us to bear fruit and sometimes we don't even know we are fruitful.
If you are a Christian who has strayed away from Our Awesome God or someone who has never been a Christian or a person who needs to help minister to others, join us at Living Word Baptist Church on Sunday at 9:30 AM for Bible Study and at 10:30 AM for Worship Service. At 6:00 PM we have a Bible Study along with AWANA for children (September through May) until 7:30 PM. On Wednesdays, we meet at 7:00 PM for Prayer Requests, and a Bible Study follows until 8:00 PM. We welcome all people and love them!
Flo & Bill