By Kathi Pelton
I want to first say that there is no shame in your pain. Pain doesn’t make you less faithful! That is a lie that the enemy loves to tell God’s people. He relentlessly comes to shame, lie and accuse especially when pain is present.
Jesus knew that His disciples would experience pain, confusion and fear when He would be put to death. He also knew that we would face pain and tribulations in this world. This is why He said,
“These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.” John 16:33
Though we have suffering and tribulations we can take heart (have courage and be of good cheer/joy) because He has established victory over the world. The pain is real but so is the peace and hope.
This is why there is such a battle against peace. The enemy takes great pleasure in looking for vulnerable places in times of pain in order to gain access and steal your peace. Once the loss of peace is achieved, the warfare begins to consume the believer and trauma can begin to enter.
Did you know that pain and peace can coexist? I have seen many of God’s people go through times of great pain where peace, hope and comfort remained present. This is the pain that is affective and gives birth to long awaited promises.
I believe that there are multitudes of people that are in a spiritual birthing process. They may need some “spiritual midwives” to surround them as they go through the pain of transition but they will hold their promise soon. Surround those who you recognize are experiencing deep pain as they labor to birth the promise that they are carrying. Speak courage, hold their hand, comfort them and let them know that they will make it.
I keep seeing Hannah— her prayer to conceive was agonizingly painful. There is no doubt in my mind that her prayer recorded in the scriptures wasn’t the only time she had cried out to God— it was most likely years of pain and prayers. But, God heard every one of her prayers and her pained prayers conceived the hoped for promise. The name Samuel means “Asked of God, Heard by God”. The name Hannah means “favor”. It is the favor of God that is bringing forth what has been asked for.
Natural birthing is incredibly painful for most women and yet they go through this time and time again for the sake of the promise that is held within their womb. This is a time that I see many conceiving and giving birth to what they have asked and pleaded for with great pain.
You will make it and you will receive what you have asked for. Your Samuel will come forth and the time of pain will end.
I pray that you will experience peace and comfort in the midst of your pain. May the peace of God guard your mind and heart.
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