When Trying to Conceive Fails

What does the Bible say about, Miscarriage, Infertility and Depression?

One in eight couples, when trying to conceive, struggle with miscarriage, infertility and depression. In this Bible Devotion / Bible study, Pastor Nelson looks at, 1 Samuel 1:8 and James 1:17 to see what the Bible says to offer hope to those who are barren, had a miscarriage, or are struggling with infertility and depression.


From the Video: Two Key Bible Verses about Miscarriage and Infertility:

  • 1 Samuel 1:8
  • James 1:17


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When Trying to Conceive Fails: What does the Bible say about, Miscarriage, Infertility and Depression?

(Video Transcript)

Have you ever had the impression that God wasn’t listening to you. Like God was just plain ignoring you? You prayed, but received no answer. You worshiped, but didn’t feel any connection.

Now, here’s the part where, I’m suppose to reassure you that God is always listening, and that as a believer, you have direct access to God! And while that is true… What’s scary is, there are cases where God hears you, but He completely ignore you.

Let me explain. Jesus tells a parable in the book of Luke, about two men. One was a tax collector, a man who everyone looked down on, and the other was a Pharisee, a man everyone looked up to. The Tax collector, humbly prays to God asking for mercy and forgiveness. The Pharisee prays to God, out of pridefulness, using eloquent words, and loud boasts of personal piety.

Jesus explains that the prayer of Tax collector was answered, not of the Pharisee. They both prayed to God, but God chose to hear one, and ignore the other. Why?

Job 35:13 helps us understand, saying: Surely God does not hear an empty cry, nor does the Almighty regard it.

You see, God is not interested in empty words. You can stand in Church, clap your hands and sing of God’s great love, but if your heart isn’t singing along, and your mind is off somewhere else… that’s not worship. God’s not listening.

If you’re praying out loud or to yourself, using every theological word you can think of, in hopes to impress God, or the people around you about how spiritual you are… God won’t be moved.

God does not answer empty cries.

The key to being heard by God, isn’t in the words that are coming out of your mouth. Instead, it’s in the love for Him that flows out of your Heart.

Those are words God never ignores.

And that’s today’s Bible Munch.



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1 Samuel 1

The Birth of Samuel

There was a certain man of Ramathaim-zophim of the hill country of Ephraim whose name was Elkanah the son of Jeroham, son of Elihu, son of Tohu, son of Zuph, an Ephrathite. He had two wives. The name of the one was Hannah, and the name of the other, Peninnah. And Peninnah had children, but Hannah had no children.

Now this man used to go up year by year from his city to worship and to sacrifice to the Lord of hosts at Shiloh, where the two sons of Eli, Hophni and Phinehas, were priests of the Lord. On the day when Elkanah sacrificed, he would give portions to Peninnah his wife and to all her sons and daughters. But to Hannah he gave a double portion, because he loved her, though the Lord had closed her womb.[a] And her rival used to provoke her grievously to irritate her, because the Lord had closed her womb. So it went on year by year. As often as she went up to the house of the Lord, she used to provoke her. Therefore Hannah wept and would not eat. And Elkanah, her husband, said to her, “Hannah, why do you weep? And why do you not eat? And why is your heart sad? Am I not more to you than ten sons?”

After they had eaten and drunk in Shiloh, Hannah rose. Now Eli the priest was sitting on the seat beside the doorpost of the temple of the Lord. 10 She was deeply distressed and prayed to the Lord and wept bitterly. 11 And she vowed a vow and said, “O Lord of hosts, if you will indeed look on the affliction of your servant and remember me and not forget your servant, but will give to your servant a son, then I will give him to the Lord all the days of his life, and no razor shall touch his head.”

12 As she continued praying before the Lord, Eli observed her mouth.13 Hannah was speaking in her heart; only her lips moved, and her voice was not heard. Therefore Eli took her to be a drunken woman. 14 And Eli said to her, “How long will you go on being drunk? Put your wine away from you.” 15 But Hannah answered, “No, my lord, I am a woman troubled in spirit. I have drunk neither wine nor strong drink, but I have been pouring out my soul before the Lord. 16 Do not regard your servant as a worthless woman, for all along I have been speaking out of my great anxiety and vexation.” 17 Then Eli answered, “Go in peace, and the God of Israel grant your petition that you have made to him.” 18 And she said, “Let your servant find favor in your eyes.” Then the woman went her way and ate, and her face was no longer sad.

19 They rose early in the morning and worshiped before the Lord; then they went back to their house at Ramah. And Elkanah knew Hannah his wife, and the Lord remembered her. 20 And in due time Hannah conceived and bore a son, and she called his name Samuel, for she said, “I have asked for him from the Lord.”[b]

Samuel Given to the Lord

21 The man Elkanah and all his house went up to offer to the Lord the yearly sacrifice and to pay his vow. 22 But Hannah did not go up, for she said to her husband, “As soon as the child is weaned, I will bring him, so that he may appear in the presence of the Lord and dwell there forever.”23 Elkanah her husband said to her, “Do what seems best to you; wait until you have weaned him; only, may the Lord establish his word.” So the woman remained and nursed her son until she weaned him. 24 And when she had weaned him, she took him up with her, along with a three-year-old bull,[c] an ephah[d] of flour, and a skin of wine, and she brought him to the house of the Lord at Shiloh. And the child was young. 25 Then they slaughtered the bull, and they brought the child to Eli. 26 And she said, “Oh, my lord! As you live, my lord, I am the woman who was standing here in your presence, praying to the Lord. 27 For this child I prayed, and the Lord has granted me my petition that I made to him. 28 Therefore I have lent him to the Lord. As long as he lives, he is lent to the Lord.”

And he worshiped the Lord there.


  1. 1 Samuel 1:5 Syriac; the meaning of the Hebrew is uncertain. Septuagint And, although he loved Hannah, he would give Hannah only one portion, because the Lord had closed her womb
  2. 1 Samuel 1:20 Samuel sounds like the Hebrew for heard of God
  3. 1 Samuel 1:24 Dead Sea Scroll, Septuagint, Syriac; Masoretic Text three bulls
  4. 1 Samuel 1:24 An ephah was about 3/5 bushel or 22 liters

English Standard Version (ESV)The Holy Bible, English Standard Version. ESV® Permanent Text Edition® (2016). Copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers.




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