God Speaks to Womanhood
"Sing, O barren, thou that did not bear; break forth with singing, and cry aloud, that didst not travail with child: for more are the children of the desolate than the children of married wife, saith the Lord" (Isaiah 54:1).
The opening verse begins with an encouraging stanza and it is instructional. It instructs the barren of what attitude to take. It is written specially to the barren to sing, and to break forth into singing, and cry aloud. It Is written to the barren woman who did not travail with child. It goes on to say that more are the children of the desolate, than the children of the married wife. When the Lord encourages you to sing, you will always have a song, to Him and of and about Him. Just as the child that fills the arms of the woman at birth. The Lord fills the emptiness of the barren heart with Himself. Some arms will probably never hold nor embrace their own children leaving their arms barren of that fulfillment. Yet God is there filling the heart with Himself and suddenly barrenness is not the focus, but God who is filling the barrenness.
Isaiah 54 - Verse 4
Fear not; for thou shalt not be ashamed: neither be thou confounded; for thou shalt not be put to shame: for thou shalt forget the shame of thy youth, and not remember the reproach of thy widowhood any more.
1. Fear not because you will not be ashamed
2. Neither be confounded because you will not be put to shame
3. You will forget the shame of your youth
4. And remember the reproach of thy widowhood no longer
It appears that shame, confoundment and reproach which contributes to unhealthy fear are the results of living in barrenness.
There are two types of women being addressed here the barren and the widow. We can see that the barren is speaking of who did not bear through childbirth, and the widow is the subject of the loss of her spouse or husband through death. These are both two sensitive areas which only a touch from God can heal you to see the need to rejoice and sing, Why? Because He is with you and you are no longer barren.
Barrenness can cloud the perspective of grace and mercy. Getting through the emptiness is a gradual but experientially progressive stance. When the focus is placed on God and not the barrenness, He fills the void with gladness. This is something to keep in mind that God always fills voids. Give Him your emptiness and He will give you abundance. We must be aware that He is full of everything we need for the journey.
There is lot to be thankful for when your womanhood escapes the barren scenario. With God the possibilities are endless for the barren. Verse one ends with "saith the Lord". Yet barrenness can compass and involve so many aspects of living. God's word to the barren is "Sing O Barren". Barrenness is a forsaken type of scenario, someone left alone, yet not when God enters the equation. For the married woman it has to be a challenge. The mother of Samuel couldn't bear it and asked the Lord for a Son and her request was granted. There are those who choose to adopt and they experience fruitfulness without measure and barrenness is dwarfed.
Who knows better than God how to make the barren sing? No one.
Isaiah 54 - Verses 5-8
For thy Maker is thine husband; the Lord of hosts is his name; and thy redeemer the Holy One of Israel; The God of the whole earth shall he be called.
For the Lord hath called thee as a woman forsaken and grieved in spirit, and a wife of youth, when thou wast refused, saith thy God.
For a moment have I forsaken thee; but with great mercies will I gather thee.
In a little wrath I hid my face from thee for a moment; but with everlasting kindness will I have mercy on thee, saith the Lord thy redeemer.
If you are a woman living here on planet earth. I know that you know what it is like to be forsaken in many ways by others. The single mother raising children alone knows what being forsaken entails. It is too prevalent to cover the entire scope of being forsaken at one time, or the other. But do you know what it is like? The result of being forsaken leads to grief, sorrow and most women know that grief and sorrow also. But, surely He has borne our grief and carried our sorrow. Jesus takes grief and sorrow like no other. The emotional and mental yokes are broken and destroyed and courage and fortitude to stand are given.
This is a pivotal point to see, the Lord speaking directly and specifically to womanhood. It is a point to capture, and not let go; in that the Bible is primarily written to and by men. Yet, here is God at this place and He is speaking to womanhood, not merely to the barren, and widow. He is also speaking to the forsaken and grieved in spirit or heart. His message is that He has called you as a woman, forsaken and grieved in spirit. This verse qualified that you are called by God, as a woman and not a man.
While you were going through and as you go through, He said for a moment I have forsaken you, but with great mercies will I gather you. Isn't it interesting that a moment is the equivalent of a minute, a very small fragment of time, and yet it can seem like a lifetime, but keep in mind, it is just a moment. With man, when he forsakes, it is more than a moment that we will have to adjust, endure and contend with. That is why our focus must be stayed on the Lord Jesus Christ, who will never leave nor forsake us, and will be with us to the end.
If you have been in any relationship that ended without warning or incident, you will be left wondering why? The point I would like to make is that barrenness is not just a physical thing, it is spiritual and attacks the soul as well.
I am an eye witness to this call, how about you?. Yet it is at this moment, in retrospect, I can clearly see and know that He called me when I was forsaken and immensely grieved at heart. I was in a broken relationship and there Jesus showed up out of the great somewhere, unfolding God's love through the words from the beloved John 3:16.
The Scriptures are in reality how He gently calls us as women. In reading, study and understanding Scriptures we as women must read it from a man's reference point of view, but make it applicable to our own womanhood. In context the majority of Scripture is written in the masculine (to the he or him) and not the feminine (to the she or her). However, when we find these treasures where He is addressing our womanhood precisely, it is a major discovery and delight. Wow! say it backwards! God is speaking to our womanhood, and we must take it personal. God is speaking to me. Hallelujah!
You are a mother, a daughter, and an aunt
A niece, a cousin,
You are even great and grand to womanhood.
You are royal,
You are regal
You are a queen.
Stay kind, and be the peace you deserve
This greeting is to wish you a blessed womanhood.