By Rhoda Collins
“Shout for joy, O barren one, she who has not given birth;
Break forth into joyful shouting and rejoice, she who has not gone into labor [with child]! For the [spiritual] sons of the desolate one will be more numerous Than the sons of the married woman,” says the LORD.
“Enlarge the site of your tent [to make room for more children];
Stretch out the curtains of your dwellings, do not spare them;
Lengthen your tent ropes And make your pegs (stakes) firm [in the ground].
“For you will spread out to the right and to the left;
And your descendants will take possession of nations
And will inhabit deserted cities.” Isaiah 54:1-3
When you put yourself in this place of celebrating with joy when all is currently barren in the natural, you set in motion a spiritual process of growth that is bigger than the natural process!
God says that when we, “Shout for joy in the bareness”, He is going to give us a rate of fruitfulness that surpasses the person who naturally has been fruitful their entire life!
When we praise God, shout for joy and are expectant of His increase and provision for us, we are confronting barrenness, and delayed answers to prayer and prophecy with a process that overcomes the natural.
Michal, David’s wife, despised David in her heart and rebuked him when he danced wildly before the Lord (2 Samuel 6), a process which resulted in bringing natural barrenness upon her. Many people are not in tune spiritually with God so the supernatural realm looks foolish to them. When we give ourselves in abandonment to celebrating God’s goodness in every circumstance, we are showing faith, character, and love of God. Anybody can celebrate after the answer comes, but this passage in Isaiah 54 talks about celebrating ahead of time. The barren one shouldn’t despise but instead participate in celebrating the goodness of God before there is an answer. THEN, a supernatural shift takes place, where the ones or areas that have been barren, surpasses the one who has had fruit all along! This applies to barrenness with children, career, finances, your ministry, destiny with God and Christian relationships (spiritually barren leaders or friends). Can also apply to your land (lack of rain, lack of crops) and to your country (lack of proper government and appropriate leaders).
To step further into this process, Isaiah 54:2 God says, “Enlarge the place of your tent; Stretch out the curtains of your dwellings, do not spare them; Lengthen your tent ropes”. So, in addition to shouting for joy in barrenness, add the room in your house for a child before you are pregnant. Add a new section to your business to prepare for the yet unseen new clients that God is sending. Whatever the circumstance, prepare the way in joy in expectation of fruit.
Also, you have been given power (Acts 1:8) and authority (Luke 10:19 NKJV) so declare and prophesy over your finances, your family, your ministry, and your future! Stop walking in and repent of all sin and confront and conquer the enemy that may be the causes of your barrenness (look to the Xtreme Big Game Hunting eTextbook for further details). Ask the Holy Spirit to counsel you.
Shout for joy and prepare in the physical for God’s fruit to manifest in your life!