Have you ever felt
weary? According to the Bible, weary means without strength,
endurance or spiritual resources. There are many times a person
may feel this way; when they are sick, worn out from doing too many
tasks that the world tells them they need to do, stress, lack of
biblical truth, lack of fellowship with other Christians, etc.
Have you ever felt
burdened? Burdened means bearing a heavy load, physically or
spiritually. Many times we carry burdens in our lives. Here
are two men in the Bible who had a similar problem or burden: Abram
and Isaac. They both had a wife who had difficulty conceiving a
child. Lets see how they each handled this same problem or
1 After this, the word of the LORD
came to Abram in a vision: "Do not be afraid, Abram. I am your shield,
your very great reward."
2 But Abram said, "O Sovereign LORD,
what can you give me since I remain childless and the one who will
inherit my estate is Eliezer of Damascus?"
3 And Abram said, "You have given me
no children; so a servant in my household will be my heir."
4 Then the word of the LORD came to
him: "This man will not be your heir, but a son coming from your own
body will be your heir."
5 He took him outside and said, "Look
up at the heavens and count the stars—if indeed you can count
them." Then he said to him, "So shall your offspring be."
In Genesis 15:1, we read that God’s word came
to Abram in a vision. In the text to follow, Genesis 15:2-3, we
can see that Abram is burdened because he still is childless and his
heir to his estate would be his servant. Then in Genesis
15:4-5, God shows Abram that “this man” referring to his
servant “will not be your heir, but a son coming from your own
body will be your heir.” When God speaks this part about
“own body,” he is directing it toward Abram and his wife
1 Now Sarai, Abram's wife, had borne
him no children. But she had an Egyptian maidservant named Hagar;
2 so she said to Abram, "The LORD has
kept me from having children. Go, sleep with my maidservant; perhaps I
can build a family through her." Abram agreed to what Sarai said.
3 So after Abram had been living in
Canaan ten years, Sarai his wife took her Egyptian maidservant Hagar
and gave her to her husband to be his wife.
4 He slept with Hagar, and she
conceived. When she knew she was pregnant, she began to despise her
5 Then Sarai said to Abram, "You are
responsible for the wrong I am suffering. I put my servant in your
arms, and now that she knows she is pregnant, she despises me. May the
LORD judge between you and me."
6 "Your servant is in your hands,"
Abram said. "Do with her whatever you think best." Then Sarai
mistreated Hagar; so she fled from her.
Now in Genesis 16:1-6, Sarai’s emotions over
being childless are unveiled and Sarai and Abram take matters into
own hands. She is so burdened that she tells Abram to have
relations with her maidservant Hagar so that they could have children.
After Abram had relations with this other woman, Sarai began to have
feelings of anger and she blamed Abram and mistreated
Do you remember what God had revealed to Abram
in Genesis 15:4-5? God had his own plan, but Sarai and Abram
needed to wait patiently for a child. For God's timing is best
because he knows from beginning to end (Isaiah 46:10) “I make known the end from the
beginning, from ancient times what is still to come. I say: My
purpose will stand, and I will do all that I please.”
(NIV). God did grant her a child at the age of 90 and answered
their prayer as well as fulfilled
his promise to Abram (Gen 15:4). But, if they had just trusted in
the Lord; even after the word that Abram had received from God; and
waited, then Abram would not have broken that bond that he shared with
his wife Sarai and Sarai would not have had to experience the
anger and jealousy that she had against Hagar and Abram. God does not
like anger as stated in Matthew
5:22 “But I tell you
that anyone who is angry with his brother will be subject to
Now the second man, Isaac, had a similar
problem but handled the situation much more differently.
Isaac’s wife Rebekah was barren and so Isaac prayed to God and
the Lord answered his prayer and allowed for Rebekah to become pregnant
with twins. Isaac and Rebekah did not take matters into their own
hands, but gave their burdens to the Lord. Refer to Genesis
25:19-21 for Isaac’s story.
Genesis 25: 19-21
19 This is the account of Abraham's
son Isaac. Abraham became the father of Isaac,
20 and Isaac was forty years old when
he married Rebekah daughter of Bethuel the Aramean from Paddan Aram and
sister of Laban the Aramean.
21 Isaac prayed to the LORD on behalf
of his wife, because she was barren. The LORD answered his prayer, and
his wife Rebekah became pregnant.
Matthew 11:28 says, “Come
to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you
(NIV). Lets break it down and relate this
verse to the two situations described above.
||Abram and Sarai
||Isaac and Rebekah
|Come to me
||Took matters into their own hands by Sarai giving Abram to
Hagar to have relations with in order to conceive a child.
||Prayed to God
|all you who are weary and burdened
| Rebekah barren
|and I will give you rest
||Their lack of patience and trust in God caused Sarai to have
feelings of anger therefore she mistreated Hagar and blamed
Abram. In God’s timing He gave them the son He promised.
instead of one child, they had twins
So next time you are feeling weary and burdened
about something that is happening in your life, give it to God and He
will give you rest. Amen.