No birth without pain …
You only have to read the newspapers, look at the financial figures and talk to people to realise our country is in serious trouble. Negativity abounds on all fronts and as we continue on this destructive road, it eventually becomes a self-fulfilling prophesy. How sad…as I believe it can be so different.
I love the book of Isaiah. It calls the nation of Israel back to God and points them to the Messiah. In one part it says ‘forget’ and in the other ‘remember’ and the book of Isaiah is as relevant today as it was 700 BC.
I am to forget the former things, the bad things that happened to me. I have to forgive and forget…because God is going to do a new thing, don’t I see it? It has already begun. (Isaiah 43:18+19)
And while I forget the (bad) former things, I have to also remember the former things, of how God carried me during those difficult times and how He showered me with goodness and grace and above all, that His purpose will stand, no matter what. (Isaiah 46:9+10b)
Then why do I fear what politicians / people are saying? Why do I listen to the world’s never ending cacophony of chatter when God said ‘I am He that comforts you. Who are you that you fear mere mortals, human beings who are but grass, that you forget the Lord your Maker’ (Isaiah 51:12)
God can do ‘awesome things that we do not expect’ while we ‘wait for Him’ (Isaiah 64:3+4). Yes! I believe it with my whole heart!
Let us therefore take Jesus’ words seriously and consider carefully how we listen. (Luke 8:18) and remember that ‘there is no majestic mountain without a valley, no birth without pain’. (Daniel Crawford)
So let you and I seek Jesus with all our heart – ‘if you seek Him, He will be found by you…’ (1 Chronicles 28:9b) and as we climb out of the valley…the mountain before us will become a plain. (Zachariah 4:7)