Quickly, Elisabeth turned her face from the celebrating women—before tears could betray her hidden anguish. How precious the birth of a child. Sadly, no child had ever suckled in her empty arms. Her womb remained barren…her purpose unfulfilled.
In the passage of time, the yearning in her soul had only intensified. Longingly, Elisabeth had watched happy mothers with giggling children, parade their way to church and market. She was a staunch, well respected middle age woman…blameless in the sight of the Lord…and she believed. In spite of her impotence, Elisabeth still believed—believed her time would come. She had a promise. Long ago, Yaweh whispered a dream in her heart.
Her friends had begun calling her a new name—barren! Even Zechariah, her god-fearing husband, had ceased all prayers… all hopes for a baby. Not so with Elisabeth
Elisabeth was six months pregnant when she greeted Mary. “You are blessed for believing that the Lord would keep his promise to you.” Luke 1:45 GW
How could she speak with such confidence? Had she always believed? Uncovering the meaning of her name opens the heavens. Women called her barren but the Lord named her Elisabeth—God hath sworn. Even when she was well along in years, even when it seemed the life she dreamed of would never happen… even when Zechariah doubted, God still called her—Elisabeth! He had sworn. He knew who she was—He had a plan.
Elisabeth’s intimate walk with God impassions my heart. She refused to wear the labels of men. Ignoring their comments and clandestine whispers she flung herself into the presence of God. If people didn’t understand God’s call on her life she simply laughed. “Oh, Father, they don’t get it… but it’s okay. It’s our secret anyway.”
Slowly the nausea began to form a pattern. Other symptoms told her the wonderful news—and she ran! She ran to her Beloved, the God who had sworn. For five months she hid herself with Him…just the two of them relishing the glory of a long ago promise. She had spent her life in His shadow. He had been her place of comfort while the scorning enemy taunted her nothingness. This was the only place she longed to be.
If this is you, if the Almighty has given you a dream—take off the accusing label. Reach for the promise–His promise–His promise to you! Be comforted, be encouraged–God hath sworn!