Our spiritual walk is an evolving one. God does not mean for us to be stagnant, stale or slothful. Because of this, we frequently find ourselves coming to the end of seasons and into the beginning of new ones. As the new ones begin, it is similar to a birth. We have the pains and struggles of a birth as a new form of spiritual life or duty manifests.
Something big that God has ordained is trying to come through a small birth canal and it hurts. Plus, we have the enemy working against us in every way God will allow, as we struggle to gain new territory.
Hezehiah’s Struggle With Birth
2 Kings 19:3-7 3 They said to him, “Thus says Hezekiah, This day is a day of distress, of rebuke, and of disgrace; children have come to the point of birth, and there is no strength to bring them forth. 4 It may be that the Lord your God heard all the words of the Rabshakeh, whom his master the king of Assyria has sent to mock the living God, and will rebuke the words that the Lord your God has heard; therefore lift up your prayer for the remnant that is left.”5 When the servants of King Hezekiah came to Isaiah,6 Isaiah said to them, “Say to your master, ‘Thus says the Lord: Do not be afraid because of the words that you have heard, with which the servants of the king of Assyria have reviled me. 7 Behold, I will put a spirit in him, so that he shall hear a rumor and return to his own land, and I will make him fall by the sword in his own land.’”
This exchange between Hezekiah’s messengers and and Isaiah is a result of Assyrian messengers mocking the residents of Judah. They used every method of domination and manipulation at their disposal. The goal was, to get Judah so discouraged that they would give up in their hearts before even fighting. They blasphemed the Living God. They compared Him to idols that were not able to save surrounding nations from the Assyrians.
Hezekiah then used the analogy of childbirth to describe the situation they found themselves in. And he goes on to lament that there was no strength to bring forth the children that were at the point of birth.
Our Own Struggles
Doesn’t this illustrate so well what we face in our walk so many times? We feel like there is no strength to continue. We might be tempted to wilt or shrink back and go an easier route. I’ve found those are the times that it is most important to hang in there. If we have no strength left to bring forth spiritual children, we are in a position where God Himself can fight our battle for us as He promised and did for Hezekiah as shown above.
As we enter new seasons and birth new forms of spiritual life, let’s remember God’s history. It is illustrated throughout the Bible. People of faith have found Him faithful. Let’s trust in Him and give Him the battle when we have no more strength. The battle and birth will be in the most capable hands available.