“Sing, O barren, You who have not borne! Break forth into singing, and cry aloud, You who have not labored with child! For more are the children of the desolate Than the children of the married woman,” says the Lord. “Enlarge the place of your tent, And let them stretch out the curtains of your dwellings; Do not spare; Lengthen your cords, And strengthen your stakes.”
Isaiah calls on those without children to sing as though their quiver were full and those to enlarge the size of their tent in preparation for the promises of God to be fulfilled among them.
This passage is a beautiful picture of a person of faith. We seem to face things on a daily basis that call into question the promises of God. Our emotions make us wonder if His promise to be with us is true. The struggles in life cause us to wonder about His power and the setbacks we face make us doubt whether or not He will provide for our needs. We have much to learn from the words of Isaiah. When we choose to trust that the promises of God are more certain than the trials of life we must act upon them. Like Isaiah’s young woman who builds a nursery before her child is ever born we must live as though the promises of God have already been fulfilled. That does not mean that we should spend money we don’t have but that we should walk in confidence knowing that God will always be true to His Word. Paul wrote that all the promises of God are yes and amen in Christ.