Biblical Encouragement for Couples Waiting to Conceive
- Friday, August 28, 2009
God's Word has so many wonderful verses to comfort and encourage through anything we might face in life. I love when he illuminates certain scriptures to me that stand out for the specific trial I am facing at any time.
Recently, God showed me quite a few scriptures that pertain to my husband's and my current situation of trying to conceive a child. We have a few friends who are also facing this same situation and while many of them have been trying for much longer than we have, God's Word remains the same for everyone in this situation. I want to encourage you to continue to believe God for your future child because He is faithful. I also want to share some ways that God uses this time of waiting to actually help us!
Grows and Strengthens Our Faith
Abraham is a great example of faith in the Bible, and his biggest test of faith was believing God for a child. Hebrews 11:11-12 tells us "By faith Abraham, even though he was past age—and Sarah herself was barren—was enabled to become a father because he considered him faithful who had made the promise. And so from this one man, and he as good as dead, came descendants as numerous as the stars in the sky and as countless as the sand on the seashore."
Abraham and Sarah are a great example, especially for women who are concerned that they are too old to conceive. I like the way the Amplified Version of verse 11 tells it: "Because of faith also Sarah herself received physical power to conceive a child, even when she was long past the age for it, because she considered God who had given her the promise to be reliable and trustworthy and true to His word." Sarah's story reminds us to stop focusing on the circumstances of not being pregnant, and to instead focus on God, who is reliable, trustworthy and true to His word.
Believing God for anything in life grows and strengthens our faith. The more we wait for it, the more our faith can grow (no wonder Abraham and Sarah were such strong examples of faith-filled people!) God gave us an awesome promise in Mark 11:24- "Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours."
One thing He doesn't promise is to give us what we've prayed for when we want it. We have to remember that God doesn't operate in the finite realm of time like we do. He sees things long term so to Him our prayers are already answered, even if we can't see it in the natural yet. We are to walk by faith and not by sight, so once we pray we should believe that it is done.
"We fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal." 2 Cor 4:18 The time we spend waiting to get pregnant is only temporary, but God and His promises are eternal. In the grand scheme of our lives, a few months or few years of waiting won't seem that long in the future when we're looking back.
Develops Patience and Character
When we accept Christ in our lives and decide to live for Him, it doesn't mean the rest of our lives will be on easy street. The Bible guarantees us that we will have trials and difficulties to deal with in life. Thankfully, God also gives us a promise that all our difficulties will ultimately end in our good if we keep seeking Him (Rom 8:28).
When we experience difficulties in getting pregnant, we can hold on the joy that God is producing patience and character in us through this trial. "We can rejoice, too, when we run into problems and trials, for we know that they help us develop endurance. And endurance develops strength of character, and character strengthens our confident hope of salvation. And this hope will not lead to disappointment. For we know how dearly God loves us, because he has given us the Holy Spirit to fill our hearts with his love." Romans 5:3-5
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