THE JEALOUSY OF BARRENNESS
by Becky DeWitt
Recently, after several observations, I began to really notice that a spirit of jealousy was moving through the Body of Christ. For several weeks, there was a struggle within for the title. Was it the Jealousy of Barrenness or the Barrenness of Jealousy? Either way, there was much to be revealed, to be exposed, and to learn.
Jealousy and envy come from the lack of purpose or production in one’s life. A lack of purpose indicates lack of potential and possibility. A jealous person is resentful of another person who has influence as well as favor and is diligent in their God-given purpose. People who operate in jealousy and envy tend to be nosy busybodies as well as judgmental. They find perverse pleasure in their involvement in anything that pertains to someone else’s life, all the while lacking the focus to succeed, fulfill, and produce their purpose for the Kingdom of God.
In the Old Testament times, it was very important for a woman to give birth. Barrenness was a curse. Have you ever noticed that the wives of the patriarchs, Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob were barren for a season?
Sarai was barren until God spoke to Abram. (Gen 11:30). “And, behold, the word of the Lord came unto him, saying this shall not be thine heir; but he that shall come forth out of thine own bowels shall be thine heir.” (Gen. 15:4). They story of Abraham and Sara’s impatience is common knowledge. This caused them to position Hagar to receive a blessing of a son. It was a blessing, but not the promise. The covenant was made with Abraham and Sara. There was no addendum mentioning substitutes. “My covenant will I not break, nor alter the thing that is gone our of my lips.” (Psalm 89:34). God spoke the word, but their faith took time to develop and connect for the manifestation.
Prior to the birth of Isaac, God even renewed the covenant. Was the circumcision process a reminder of the fleshly act of impatience? “Be still and know that I am God.” (Psalm 46:10). The words God speaks are spirit, life, and ready for manifestation. “So then faith cometh by hearing and hearing the word of God.” (Romans 10:17.Abraham heard the word and told Sara. Was it not enough? Did he add and transfer the doubt of his flesh to the promise of God? Is this why after the passage of time, Sara decided to yield to the social norms (flesh) of the day and not wait on God? As a Believer, always remember that you are born again through the potent power of the Spirit and that the seed of God penetrated your heart. You are no longer a part of the kingdom of darkness, but you have been transformed into the light. Because of this transformation, you are not linked to the world operating system. Change your thinking and change your position. Renewal of the mind through prayer and meditation will enlighten you to your true identity. You are in Him seated in heavenly places.
It is only when Sara hers the word from the Lord herself, that her womb becomes fertile to produce. She has become pregnant with the promise, not a possibility. This birth was of that which God had already spoken and was deep within her. Was she jealous or barren? She should have not been barren because had spoken the word changing the condition of her womb. Remember, His word goes forth and accomplish (produces) that which He pleases and does not return void. (Isaiah 55:11). She became jealous of time, even though the eternal God had already spoken her miracle.
In the case of Isaac and Rebekah, “Isaac entreated the Lord for his wife, because she was barren: and the Lord entreated of him, and Rebekah, his wife conceived.” (Genesis 25:21). Although Rebekah, was barren, the word does not say anything about her seeking a substitute. It only states that her husband interceded on her behalf. Did they learn something from his parents’ mistake? Isaac Got into the position of passionate prayer knowing the inheritance of the covenant that Abraham made with God. Prayer was the position for the release of the miracle. Waiting on God produced the double, the birth of twins. The other patriarch wives had multiple single births, but Rebekah gave birth to the destiny of two nations in a single birth.
Jacob’s love for Rachel was catalyst in the creation of her jealousy. Leah may not have had his love, but her womb was fruitful and productive. Rachel became so jealous that she was angry with Jacob to the point that she commanded that he give her a child. (Genesis 30:1-2). She failed to realize that the power was of God and not of man. Desperation of her flesh caused her to follow in the footsteps of Sara, using her maid. A thought to ponder, did Rachel hear the promise of God concerning the covenant that was made with Abraham?
“And God remembered Rachel, and God hearkened to her and opened her womb.” (Genesis 30:22). When the word says that God remembers you, it does not mean that He has forgotten you. It is now the appointed time for His special attention and the fulfillment of His purpose. Hearken means to listen with respectful attention. Rachel prayed something that captured or fascinated God.
Each of the wives of the patriarchs went through a period of barrenness, but the seed of God’s word brought forth the manifestation. The Abrahamic Covenant tested and tried their faith for two generations. Other women were barren throughout the Bible. The notable ones are those who gave birth to children that God ordained their destiny that was tied to the destiny of the nation of Israel.
In Judges, God spoke a divine promise to the wife of Manoah. “Behold now, thou art barren, and bearest not: but thou shalt conceive and bear a son.” (Judges13:3). She was chosen to carry the plan and purpose of God in her womb. God gave specific instructions concerning the child, Samson even before his birth. God has spoken a word over you that shall come to pass before you were even in your mother’s womb. He has spoken your total existence, past, present, and future.
I Samuel, chapter 1, gives the account of Hannah who prayed so intensely for a son until the high priest Eli assumed that she was drunk in the temple. Peninah having children tormented her, even though she had the love of her husband, Elkanah. Hannah’s desire is evident in her vow. She gave birth to one of the greatest prophets and judges of Israel, Samuel. Peninah may have had multiple births, but in a single birth Hannah gave birth to a son that a prophet who was important to the destiny of Israel. Samuel anointed the first and second kings of the nation of Israel. He anointed David through whom the messianic promise of Jesus was fulfilled. Samuel was known for his sensitivity of hearing the voice of God and none of the words that he spoke fell to the ground. I Samuel 3:19). God trusted Hannah to carry this seed because He knew in the intensity of her prayer and vow, that she would honor Him.
This year, 2008 is the year of birth, which is a leap year, according to the Hebrew calendar. The Hebrew calendar has 13 months during the leap year. There is an extra month, Adar I, which is added. The leap year is referred to as “Shanah Me’uberet”, which means a pregnant year. In essence, this is a year that is pregnant with many possibilities of potential if one is in the right position. We are now half way through the year on the Gregorian calendar. There is still time to get into position to receive the impartation from the throne room. Is anyone seeking with a hunger and passion for something so simple but different that would fascinate Him? What is it that God would entrust you to birth out that would be tied to destiny that would make a mark that cannot be forgotten? Is He waiting for you?
“But as it is written, eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared (made and keeps ready) for them that love him. – 1 Corinthians 2:9
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
As a Christian author, her writings reveal trials and tribulations as well as edification to the soul. Her books express the need to talk about Jesus Christ from the ordinary everyday perspective with titles that are uncommon and the cover art as well. Recently, her company, Blood Drop Inheritance Group launched into the area of Christian greeting cards. Promise Cards are uniquely designed with words of divine inspiration. Currently, there are four different collections, the shield, the leaves, the garden, and the beach, with beauty in each display. Becky is a member of Tree of Life Ministries under the leadership of Pastor Elaine W. Green. Becky lives and works in the Grand Strand Community of Myrtle Beach, SC.