When rain bursts from the clouds, it waters the earth making it spring forth and yield life. In the same manner God’s Word goes out and does not return void, but accomplishes and prospers in its purpose.
Equally, God will not give us a word or promise without an intended purpose.
The difficulty, and yes there is difficulty, is that we must endure an incubation phase for the words God gives us. Part of the frustration is that we never even know how long this phase could last. Faith, diligence and patience make an entrance at this point.
What we can’t see is that God is at work behind the scene.
When God drops a word in our heart, it is parallel to the process a woman goes through from conception to birth.
At first the word is ingested into our heart, spirit and soul. On the outside there is no movement, no signs of change, but we are excited at the possibilities of new life. On the inside God is working, creating and forming what He promised.
For a woman the excitement turns to reality when morning sickness arrives! At this stage you feel queasy, tired and out of sorts, these are the signs of the inner workings.
Likewise after the initial excitement about the promise of new life, our heart and soul have to make adjustments—make room—so to speak. Decrease to increase. This can be uncomfortable, make you tired and queasy! Dying flesh always makes you feel out of sorts!
Next we have the swell. Sometimes you feel like you could burst! The difference between natural and spiritual pregnancy is that the latter is not noticeable to anyone but you and God. You can sometimes forget or begin to doubt. None-the-less we stand firm in faith believing Romans 4:20, “He did not waver at the promise of God through unbelief, but was strengthened in faith, giving glory to God”
The waiting period is preparation time. Time to keep focused, press into God and remain diligent, remembering God is at work even when we can’t see Him.
Sometimes due dates get mixed up. A lot of the time we want an early arrival to our promise, most of the time God’s due date seems over due. Truth is—He is never early or late—just right on time—always perfect, even at the eleventh hour.
Finally, when birth does come, we don’t wake up one morning laying next to a swaddled baby. No we give birth! Birthing is painful, loud, messy and uncomfortable!
The baby is birthed naked and needing a bath. It’s hungry and demanding, requiring nurture and maturity.
Similarly our baby—our promise—needs good stewardship.
From start to finish it’s all a work in progress. The new life is well worth the wait and the pain.
Be encouraged this New Year to conceive without fear, the promises of God and to enjoy with expectancy the words already given. Knowing that God is always at work behind the scenes in your life.
Isaiah 55:10-11 “For as the rain comes down, and the snow from heaven, And do not return there, But water the earth, And make it bring forth and bud, That it may give seed to the sower And bread to the eater, So shall My word be that goes forth from My mouth; It shall not return to Me void, But it shall accomplish what I please, And it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it.”