Linda Wood Rondeau

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BARREN PLACES
Tuesday, January 30, 2024 by Linda Wood Rondeau

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Again the children of Israel did evil in the sight of the Lord, and the Lord delivered them into the hand of the Philistines for forty years.

Now there was a certain man from Zorah, of the family of the Danites, whose name was Manoah; and his wife was barren and had no children. And the Angel of the Lord appeared to the woman and said to her, “Indeed now, you are barren and have borne no children, but you shall conceive and bear a son.” 

Judges 13:1-3 NKJV

Monoah's wife received the word that though she was barren, she'd have a son. This son was named Samson. And he'd be great. The angel told her not to drink wine or anything like wine. She was told that no razor would come upon his head ... he would be a Nazirite to God from the womb. His destiny would be to deliver Israel out of the hands of the Philistines. 

"The barren womb is often a starting place in the purposes of God. He calls life out of death and uses the things that are not to confound the things that are." *

Everyone experiences a time of barrenness. Perhaps we've been searching for a soulmate. Or perhaps we have been struggling for a long time with financial worries. We may be feeling helpless and unproductive because of health issues. We may be grieving a loss and feel as though no relief from our sorrow is possible. 

God specializes in restoring our barren places in unexpected ways.

Are you feeling empty? 

Go to the Lord. Ask him to fill that barren place.

Wait for his answer. 

He will not disappoint.  

 

*The Believer's commentary, Matthew MacDonald, Thomas Nelson, 1995, 1992, 1990, 1989 p. 278

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