“Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be famines and earthquakes in various places. All these are the beginning of birth pains.”
– Matthew 27:7,8
There’s been much talk recently about the end times, because there’s a lot happening in the world around us. And whether Jesus is coming back next week or in another 500 years, the truth is that He often births new seasons through discomfort. This will certainly be true when history comes to a close and Creation endures a time of tribulation, but it’s equally as true in our lives right now. As those made in the image of God and born again through the blood of Christ, He beckons us to press on and move forward, becoming more like Him in the process. However, it’s important to remember that He often uses pain to loosen our grip on one season so we’re better prepared to embrace the next. When we feel safe and comfortable in our current assignment, we’re less likely to engage the thought of making a change. But what if, rather than seeing difficulties or setbacks as a sign that we’re doing something wrong, we see the pangs of discomfort as an indication that the Holy Spirit is moving? He may be stirring something in us that we wouldn’t otherwise have considered, and it may well lead us to a season of even greater blessing.
My friend, if you’re encountering obstacles and roadblocks where you’re at, the Lord may be beckoning you to consider a new thing. If the intensity and frequency of the pangs is increasing, ponder the possibility that He is birthing something fresh. When you find yourself in the strange place of in-between, submit your circumstances to Jesus, and ask Him to make it very clear. Lay your life in His hands, and He will lead you to a future of greater peace and even more spiritual power.
Jesus, reframe how I see discomfort, and help me to consider the new thing you’re birthing through my pain.
Are you experiencing birth pangs in some area of your life right now? What might God be doing in them?
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