We continue our A Time To series literally at the beginning. We are told there is a time to be born. You can't get much sooner than that. Birth is often equated with celebration and happiness. A new life is brought into the world and people are ready to party and shower the new addition with love and affection. However, in order for that addition to arrive, it takes some pains first. We look at the pain that comes with birthing a new season in God and what it will take for us to see it through.
Promise Comes From Labor
Every season has a beginning. This beginning is often met with trials and tribulations. How we handle those trials and tribulations determines how we will experience life in that season. Will we produce something or will we fall off or run away from the will God has for our lives?
David's time after being anointed king was a time of great trials. He faced a giant who tried to defeat his faith, was persecuted by a king who tried to kill his calling and had to face a nation of Philistines that were more technologically advanced than Israel and who were trying to inhabit the Promised Land . Yet David persevered. He trusted in God when he faced Goliath. As a result, he overcame the enemy's greatest warrior. He prayed and sang praises to God even while being pursued by Saul. As a result, he never gave up hope or got out of the will of God for his life. He asked God for who and when he should attack. As a result, he never lost a battle.
When we face the labors of a new season, it isn't going to always be great. The enemy will send its greatest forces of fear, confusion and persecution to derail us before we can get past the beginning stages of our season. However, if we will trust God for everything we face, he will lead us in how to overcome that Goliath obstacle. He will guide us through that dark and scary season where we seem overwhelmed and pursued by the enemy. He will tell us when to strike and when to stay the course against that formidable force. We will labor, but we will also overcome through that labor.
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The Fruit of Labor
Something will be born out of every season in life. Fruit will be produced, whether good or bad. What fruit we produce and exhibit will be determined on how we operate in the season. It's up to us to decide what will be gained out of the season we are facing.
David's faith and trust in God led to great reward. Once Saul died, David was crowned king over all Israel and led them to greater victories than ever before. He took Jerusalem and established it as the capital of Israel that lasts to this day. Finally, he called for a great celebration that saw the ark of the covenant brought into the city and established as the centerpiece of Israel. All of this happened because David had faith and trusted God from the beginning. Because he persevered through his labor, he was able to enjoy the fruit that came forth and honor the One who brought Him through.
We can end up just like David. If we will have absolute faith and trust in God through our labor pains in our new season of life, we will find ourselves blessed beyond measure. Something will be produced from our trials and travail that will brighten our world just as a new baby brightens its mother's life. We will attain a promise that will last far beyond our current season and even on to future generations. This promise will be a testament to all people of the power that God has worked through us. Finally, we will be given an opportunity to give God the credit He is due. When we do come forth and finish our labor, it is up to us to exercise the praise and humility to honor God for His work in our lives. If we do, God will bless us beyond measure.
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Chris Farris is the author of The Way, a manual detailing how to implement the Beatitudes into your life. He review events and other media and offers other insights into writing and working for the Kingdom of God.