Everything that is dropped from above inevitably falls to the ground, right? This is the law of gravity and is no doubt one of God’s natural laws.
Likewise there are other laws and principles governing nature and how things happen in our Christian lives which are consistent or unchanging. I will put it simply in this manner:
Everything comes to full term, and there is always an appointed time for everything.
“when the fulness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law, to redeem them that were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons. And because ye are sons, God hath sent forth the Spirit of his Son into your hearts, crying, Abba, Father. Wherefore thou art no more a servant, but a son; and if a son, then an heir of God through Christ.” (Gal 4:4-7 KJV)
“To every [thing there is] a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven: A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up [that which is] planted;…” (Ecc. 3:1-2 KJV)
A mother who conceives carries her child and brings the child forth in the time God planned, often it is nine months at times a few months less or some days more.
We fix our eyes on Jesus who is not only the “author ” but also the “finisher of our Faith” (Heb.12:2)
The Word of God is spoken of as accomplishing the purpose for which it was sent in likeness to the rains that come down (Is.55:10-11)
Is. 66:7-14 Jerusalem’s bringing forth a male child in a day & the wonders thereafter to the glory of God are a cause for joy:
“7Before she travailed, she brought forth; before her pain came, she was delivered of a man child.8Who hath heard such a thing? who hath seen such things? Shall the earth be made to bring forth in one day? [or] shall a nation be born at once? for as soon as Zion travailed, she brought forth her children.9Shall I bring to the birth, and not cause to bring forth? saith the LORD: shall I cause to bring forth, and shut [the womb]? saith thy God.10Rejoice ye with Jerusalem, and be glad with her, all ye that love her: rejoice for joy with her, all ye that mourn for her:
11That ye may suck, and be satisfied with the breasts of her consolations; that ye may milk out, and be delighted with the abundance of her glory.12For thus saith the LORD, Behold, I will extend peace to her like a river, and the glory of the Gentiles like a flowing stream: then shall ye suck, ye shall be borne upon [her] sides, and be dandled upon [her] knees.13As one whom his mother comforteth, so will I comfort you; and ye shall be comforted in Jerusalem.14And when ye see [this], your heart shall rejoice, and your bones shall flourish like an herb: and the hand of the LORD shall be known toward his servants, and [his] indignation toward his enemies.” (Is. 66:7-14 KJV)
Even before Jerusalem where King David had his throne, the capital city of Israel at the time and where the Apostolic church of the first century by Jesus’ disciples was founded “travailed” or suffered “pain” she is said to have already fulfilled her destiny ? What does this mean?
This means the “man child” our Lord Jesus Christ referred to in verse 7 existed well before Jerusalem itself. He is one with God, the world was created by him, for him and through him (Col 1:16). It was God’s plan that Jerusalem, here representing Israel was a whole will bring forth the “man child”. Jesus Christ, the King of God’s kingdom will be born in Judea the province where Jerusalem was.
Thus because it was a decree of God almighty established before the foundations of the earth, before Jerusalem and the people associated with her would travail (Isaiah was prophesying a future occurrence) through pain and hardships for the fulfillment of God’s plans, these plans were decreed already fulfilled in the earth realm; As we read later verses of Isaiah 66, we gain the understanding that the coming of Jesus Christ shall result in multitudes of conversions and therefore transformed lives of Israelites as well as Gentiles who will go to Jerusalem. God’s people will then be sent from there, Jerusalem itself and one discerns it also means the church of Jesus Christ in the nations of the world (being a type of Jerusalem, the “Holy Mountain”) to other places around the world. Praise the Lord! No wonder Isaiah is referred to as the Salvation prophet!
Jerusalem is personified and depicted as a mother breast feeding her children and carrying them in her arms. It is also shown through Isaiah as a place where God promises “peace like a river” and that He would show His indignation against God’s enemies for the sake of His people.
It is clear that Jerusalem fulfilled her God given destiny over the centuries in a process mingled with heartache or suffering and joy.
Does that ring a bell? In our lives as believers in Jesus Christ, the journey to fulfill our God given destiny involves travail through pain or afflictions but there are also joyful moments, praise the Lord! Let us be encouraged that as Jerusalem, even before we travail or suffer for the purposes of God to be fulfilled in our life through Christ, we are decreed victorious because those purposes are God’s established predestined plans in heaven.
This is why Jesus taught his disciples to pray by including the line “Thy kingdom come, thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven” (Matt. 6:10).
As we keep on being a source of nurturing for others in true godliness and allowing God to birth the righteousness of the “man child” through our thoughts and deeds we must rejoice for our destiny as planned by God is unfolding according to His perfect will and so that which we are believing God for such as answers to prayers or His prophetic promises will surely come to pass in His appointed time.
Often times, we say “when Lord will this happen? I have been waiting so long!” The time of preparation or gestation period for birthing specific plans is important for our spiritual development and maturity and God knows what we will need in the process which will glorify Him as much as when we attain what we have been waiting for.
God is faithful to bring to pass what He promises:
“Shall I bring to the birth, and not cause to bring forth? saith the LORD: shall I cause to bring forth, and shut [the womb (Is. 66:9).
In addition, Jerusalem or Zion brought forth her children, “as soon as she travailed” or in “one day”, this impresses upon us the suddenly appearance of God’s plans and purposes.
Likewise following the process of travail, when we finally receive what we have travailed for to the glory of God, it often appears as a sudden occurrence! In fact we often do not know God’s timing for His promises to manifest in our lives. The anticipation of suddenlies happening is one of the exciting facts of our Christian walk!
Jerusalem’s testimony among others should be an encouragement to us that come what may, rain or shine, in pain or joy, God’s plans always come to pass so we say humbly to the LORD: “we will wait patiently on you, LORD”
You are blessed, determine to stay blessed!
©Deborah E. Nyamekye 4/12/2015