Daily Devotional – 6/2/16 “Labor to deliver!”

When it doesn't make sense

God will never allow you to go through pain without something manifesting from it. Oh, it may not look like it now, you might not be able to explain it in words and you’re at the end of your rope but I promise you this … God has His reasons. For God knows the plans He has for us. (Sound familiar?) Chile, you’re in the birthing process; go through it. Does it feel good? No but when has giving birth ever felt good? There’s a process that has to happen. Now, I know men aren’t really aware of the pain a woman’s body goes through during labor so let me give you the quick tutorial … IT HURTS! Let me tie this together for you. See, there’s three stages to labor and delivery. The first is dilation which means to enlarge or expand. This stage can last longer, if you’ve never been through the process. You have pain but it’s not bad and your water can even break. Yet, as you get to the transition phase, things start getting real. The pain is intensifying, you may be crying and with so much going on, you don’t know what way to go. You’re in labor. The second stage is pushing and birth. If you thought it was real before, baby just wait!

You’re fully dilated and you’re praying for it to be over. You have this feeling to push but it’s not time yet. You just want it over but ‘they’ keep saying, not yet. You’re hurting, in pain, crying and you want to give up but now is not the time. Then you hear the words PUSH and you do. It hurts like hell and you want to stop but you’ve come too far now, PUSH! Everything is hurting, your head is pounding but PUSH! For after the final push, the pain subsides because you’ve now given birth. You breathe as you go into the final stage, delivering the after birth. Some don’t even pay attention to this but spiritually it simply means you’ve just delivered by way of the blood! Now, you realize the pain was preparing you to receive that which you’ve asked for, your territory had to enlarge (dilate) in order to receive it, you had to birth it by way of the pain and then you had to push! Now, you’ve delivered which ought to make it worth it. Just to look upon the face of your blessing, ought to be worth it. So beloved, whatever pain you’re dealing with; God has a purpose. You just have to be willing to go through it. Isaiah 66:9 says, “Would I ever bring this nation to the point of birth and then not deliver it?” asks the LORD. “No! I would never keep this nation from being born,” says your God.”

Published by Pastor LaKisha

LaKisha Johnson is an author of thirty Christian Fiction novels, devotionals and journals. She writes from her heart, as she hopes the messages, on the pages, will relate to every reader.  Ask her and she’ll tell you, ”It’s not just writing, its ministry.” Over the course of her career, she’s won the 2018 Drunken Druid Book of the Year Award for her book, The Forgotten Wife, 2019 Top Shelf Christian Fiction Book of the Year for Dear God: Hear my Prayer, 2020 Distinguished Authors Guild Award for her book, I’m Not Crazy and was a 2020 TopShelf Women’s Fiction Finalist for her book, When the Vows Break. In addition to being a self-published author, she’s also a wife of 22 years, mother of 2, Asst. Pastor of Macedonia MB Church in Hollywood, MS; Sr. Business Analyst with FedEx, Devotional Blogger and more. She’s a college graduate with 2 Associate Degrees in IT and a Bachelor of Science in Bible.   LaKisha writes from the heart, and this is why she doesn’t take the credit for what God does. If you were to strip away everything, you’d see that Lakisha is simply a woman who boldly, unapologetically and gladly loves and works for God.

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