Women and Men who overcame Infertility in the Bible
From little annoyances to major life challenges, we all deal with obstacles in life. For many, infertility can be a demoralizing and frightening obstacle. In addition, some experience a deeply personal heartache due to miscarriage.
Take comfort, you are not alone. Many of the greatest people in the Bible struggled with infertility issues. However, through God they overcame and gave birth to healthy children, and many of these children grew up to be powerfully influential people.
God does not withhold any good thing from those who walk uprightly (Psalms 84:11). In the Bible, every instance of a person that sought God to conceive and birth children eventually had a child.
|Abraham and Sarah||Both well advanced in age and beyond the age of childbearing (Genesis 18:11).||God promises them a child (Genesis
17:15-21, Genesis 18:9-15).
Abraham and then Sarah believe the promise (Genesis 15:6, Hebrews 11:11).
|Isaac and Rebekah||Rebekah was barren||Issac pleads with the Lord on behalf of his wife and God grants his plea.||Twins: Esau and Jacob||Genesis 25:21|
|Rachel and Jacob||Rachel was barren||God listens to Rachel and opens her womb (Genesis 30:22 and Genesis 30:24).||Joseph and Benjamin||Genesis 29, 30|
|Manoah and his wife||No children because wife was barren||Angel of the LORD appears to woman and tells her she shall conceive
and bear a son (Judges
Manoah receives the promise (Judges 13:12).
|Hannah and Elkanah||Hannah was barren||Hannah weeps in anguish and prays asking God for a son. The LORD remembers her and she conceives and births a child.||Samuel,
3 more sons, and 2 daughters (1 Samuel 2:21)
|1 Samuel 1|
|The great Shunammite woman and husband||The woman was barren and her husband was old||The prophet Elisha promises her that she will have a son within a year and she does.||A son||2 Kings 4:8-17|
|Elisabeth and Zachariah||Both well-stricken in years and barren
||Zachariah prays. An angel appears to Zachariah promising a son.||John the Baptist||Luke 1|
The scripture states that God is not a respecter of persons and will not show partiality or favoritism. IF God answered these prayers will he not answer yours? (Acts 10:34, see also God is Not a Respecter of Persons)