The greatest characters of Bible history were born to the aged and barren, to Sarah, Rebekah, Rachel, Manoah's wife, Hannah and Elizabeth. Is there not a lesson in this? God sees potentialities in barreness and oft times it is the greatest of men who have most nearly failed to appear among men. There seems often to be a special destiny and a distinct work for those who have most cause to thank God for their very existence.
When Jewish hopes flagged under an alien rule, the Messiah was born. When a sterile church in the 16th century was growing more and more corrupt and its reformers, Huss and Savonarola and others had been persecuted even to death, the Reformation had its birth. If it had not come just then, the little spark of light might have been extinguished for ever.
The great George Whitefield was a sickly youth with weak lungs and was not expected to live. God strengthened those lungs so that later his open-air preaching could be heard a mile away.p>However ill-fitted we may seem for the work of God, however barren in His service, God surely sees latent possibilities wherever He sees a willing heart.--Howard Carter