|“Before she goes into labor, she gives birth; before the pains come upon her, she delivers a son. Who has ever heard of such a thing? Who has ever heard of such things? Can a country be born in a day or a nation be brought forth in a moment? Yet no sooner is Zion in labor than she gives birth to her children. Do I bring to the moment of birth and not give delivery?” says the Lord. “Do I close up the womb when I bring to delivery?” says the Lord. –Isaiah 66:7-9
Nowhere in the Bible does God or Jesus or anyone for that matter ever minimize the pain you will go through. As you read the verses above, I want you to really get the message it is sending to you. How many women have you heard of that gave birth naturally before going into labor? I can’t think of any! Can you? The pains (contractions) let the woman know that it is time for her child to come into the world.
The point God makes very clear through Isaiah is that the pain that the Israelites faced was not arbitrary or purposeless. Like childbirth, their pain was going to lead to a blessing and something joyful.
How does this relate to you? Just like the Israelites, you too have been and will be faced with pain. But like childbirth, God is promising that if you stay faithful to him and persevere through your pain, it will lead to something good and joyful. This means that before you get a great job, you may have to face months of disappointments and rejections. Before you find ‘the one,’ you may have to go through the pain of several heartbreaks. Before you get monetary blessings, you may have to face a season of lack.
I want to really encourage you to persevere through your pain and trails because if you truly are in Christ, out of your pain will come something good and joyful. If you read further into Isaiah 66, you will see in verse 13 that God makes another promise, “as a mother comforts her child, so will I comfort you…” You are never alone in your pain; God shares in it with you, and so do those who love and care for you.
I will leave you with this; if you truly are in Christ, there is always a purpose for your pain. Just like a woman rejoices in the joy of her child after the pain of childbirth, you too will rejoice in the joy of your blessing after the pain. Stay encouraged and don’t lose hope!
Stay blessed and spread the word.