Men and Women who Overcame Infertility within the Bible

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The Bible tells us that there were both males and females within the Bible who overcame infertility, so it’s clear that infertility is nothing new. It’s not something that, in the last couple years, just started affecting men and women.  It’s always been here.

I think more women and men are becoming comfortable sharing their stories in hopes of helping others, so there is an awareness that now exists because of those individuals.

The Bible highlights and sheds light on the reality of infertility, so why does society now choose to limit conversation on it? Why is it that when you share your story, there are some who chastise you and give you grief over it? In my case, personally, I started writing about my infertility battle as an escape. It was my coping mechanism. The more I wrote and shared with my readers, the more comments  and prayers I would receive. People would thank me for sharing my stories because they, too, were experiencing infertility. These people didn’t feel comfortable talking about it to just anyone, so hearing my story helped them talk about it. Others would draw hope from my story. Some would ask me questions and ask me for advice.

That, my friends, is why I push through the negativity and continue sharing with you all the journey my husband and I are currently venturing on and had previously ventured in. 

We can all take comfort in knowing that we are not alone. We have never been alone. For as long as we have been here on Earth, infertility has also existed.

Some of the greatest people in the Bible struggled with infertility.With God’s help, they overcame and gave birth to healthy children with many of them growing up to be powerful and influential leaders. This did not come easy to them, nor did it come quickly or without heartache, prayers and pleas, but what it did teach those being affected by infertility, was that they weren’t alone and they had help.

God does not withhold any good from those who walk uprightly. -Psalms 84:11

In the Bible, we are shown that every person who sought God to help them conceive and ultimately birth children eventually had a child. Each couple had their own significant different circumstances and outcomes, but nonetheless, they were given a child or children.

Lets explore some of the couples who experienced infertility within the Bible.

Abraham & Sarah

When Abraham and Sarah decided to have children (Genesis 18:11), their age greatly impacted their chances of conceiving. They were both advanced in age, but we see that in Genesis 17:15-21 and Genesis 18:9-15, that God promises them a child. And as promised, Abraham and Sarah give birth to their son, Isaac.

Biblical References: Genesis 15-21

Isaac & Rebekah

We are told that Rebekah is barren and cannot have children, but Isaac pleads to the Lord on behalf of his wife and God grants him his plea. They go on to have twins with which they named Esau and Jacob.

Biblical References: Genesis 25:21

Rachel & Jacob

The Bible tells us that Rachel is also barren and we see that Rachel begs and prays to God and he listens, opening her womb. (Genesis 30:22, Genesis 30:24). Rachel and Jacob also have twins and they are named Joseph and Benjamin.

Biblical References: Genesis 29, 30

Manoah & Wife

Manoah and his wife cannot have children because she is barren, but an Angel of the Lord swept down and appeared to the woman telling her that she would conceive a son (Judges 13:3). She receives this promise in Judges 13:12. Manoah and his wife name their son, Samson.

Biblical Reference: Judges 13

Hannah & Elkanah

Hannah was barren and we see numerous times suffering in great anguish and she weeps to God on several occasions for a son. The Lord grants her wish and she conceives a son that she and Elkanah named Samual. They go on to have 3 more sons and 2 daughters (1 Samuel 2:21)

Biblical Reference: 1 Samuel 1

The Great Shunammite Women & her Husband

This couple both were to blame for their infertility battles. She was barren and her husband was also advanced in age. She was promised a son within a year by a prophet, Elisha.

Biblical Reference: 2 Kings 4:8-17

Elisabeth & Zachariah

Both Elisabeth and Zachariah were advanced in age and barren, but when Zachariah prayed, an angel appeared to him promising him a son. Their son would come to be known as John the Baptist.

Biblical Reference: Luke 1

Now there are probably others within the Bible that experienced infertility, but those were just a few.

The Bible tells us that God will not show favoritism or partiality towards his humble servants, but rather he answered their prayers.

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We see that the men involved in infertile relationships seemed to care more for their wives than any potential offspring. Many of those men were content with their barren wives and did not take second wives in order to have children; rather, they resorted to Prayer. These men loved their wives fiercely despite troubles with infertility. Similarly, the   women whose men experienced infertility, also stood by their men and Prayed.

Oh, the power of prayer! Am I right?

What does this show? 

If you stand with your partner, pray and have faith, God will answer your plea. He will heal your broken heart and grant you your deepest desire.

I share with you these stories of infertility within the Bible, because I want to show you hope. Hope for a child or children.

Seek God. Tell him your desire. Let him work his magic.

Understand the He works on his timing, and although your prayer may not be granted at first, it may happen when you least expect it.

He is listening to you prayers. He is listening to your pleas. He hears you begging. He will answer them.

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Picture Sources: Sylvain Guiheneuc , Jonathan Pielmayer, Alex Hockett 

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