Recently my sister-in-law had a baby. In our congregation, there are several babies on their way this summer! What a great reminder of how grateful I am for the blessing of my two children. But also what a reminder of the trial of pregnancy and childbirth.
I was reading the story from Genesis 3 where Eve was deceived by Satan and instead of trusting God’s Word and Promise, trades the truth for a lie. Most of us already know, the consequences of that decision were devastating. But as I was reading this chapter again I began to meditate on what God said to Eve. In verse 16 God tells Eve that her consequence would be this: “I will make your pains in childbearing very severe; with painful labor you will give birth to children.”
While I certainly know this to be true in the physical world, I began to ask the Lord, “Why, Lord would you choose this consequence? Is this really only for woman or is there a deeper meaning behind your words. What does it mean for me today, Lord?” As I prayed, the Lord spoke something astounding to me, “My promise still stands. There will be struggle, there will be pain, but it does not remove the truth of my promise, it does not mean the result will change.”
As I meditated on His words to me, it became clear. In this life, we will have trials. We all, as believers, will experience times of “pregnancy” and “labor.” Times that press us, make us uncomfortable, make us weary. Situations that cause us to question ourselves and our call. Trials that stretch us to the breaking point it seems. And yet, just as in pregnancy and childbirth, the end result is an absolutely wonderful, transforming miracle that turns our lives in the greatest blessing.
If you have children, you know what I mean. How could nine months of discomfort, weariness and pain bring forth such a beautiful, bundle of joy? It is the promise of God. It is the same with all of us. Whatever the situation, or crises, we can trust that on the other side, past the pain of labor, is our transforming miracle. Though we can’t see the end result, God has promised it is good and beautiful.
His promise stands, in spite of the pain and suffering you may endure temporarily. What seems like a curse, is actually the growing pain of something wonderful and good being birthed in your life. When the promise is born, no person regrets the trial that brought it forth, just as no mother immediately remembers the pain of childbirth.
Receive the trial in your life today as God’s plan to bring forth His promise! Rest in His promise for you today “Blessed is the man who perseveres under trial, because when he has stood the test, he will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love him.” James 1:12. Let God’s promise be born in you today!