The Birth Pangs of Faith


Painting by Brandi K Ramirez

“Shall I bring to the point of birth and not give delivery?” says the LORD. Or shall I who gives delivery shut the womb?” says your God.
Isaiah 66:9

The Bible uses the process of childbirth as a metaphor of a trial, whereby, God is the One who delivers.

 “Adam lay with his wife Eve, and she became pregnant and gave birth to Cain. She said,
“With the help of the LORD I have brought forth a man.” Genesis 4:1

Notice in the above verse Eve explains how the Lord helped her through the process of giving birth. Even though God made childbirth more difficult for Eve, He did not abandon her but was right there to help deliver her child.  

The trials in a believer’s life are initiated or allowed by God for a specific reason and purpose- to bring forth good fruit or a good result. Sometimes it is even a result of an answer to our prayer.  Since he created the process, he has purposed it and that purpose sometimes test our faith. Do we believe if He is the one who has allowed or initiated the pain in our trial, He is also faithful to deliver?  The wonderful thing about any pain we experience in Christ,  it is accompanied with His Grace. And when we don’t look for ways to escape it, but focus on Him, we enter His rest, by letting go, allowing God to do the rest.
(Psalm 34:4)

And what a blessing it is to have God’s blessing placed directly in our arms gazing back at us, face to face, touching His faithfulness. 

See: Waiting on God’s Intervention

When a woman is expecting she also knows at the end of her pregnancy there will be the time when birth will require suffering. But she has joy because her child will be born, and this momentary suffering will produce the love of her life. But if she tries to escape it, she only postpones it and there is a suffering that will not strengthen but weaken her maternal faith.
(James 1:1-2)

Jesus knew that His sacrifice would require tremendous suffering and He would even be alone, as everyone deserted Him. But there was no greater anguish then when He mourned the separation from God. He, alone, took upon Himself the sins of the world, making it possible for everyone who believes, to be born, again.
(Matthew 27:46, John 3:3)

 “…………….For the joy set before Him He endured the cross, scorning the shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.” Hebrews 12:2

When Eve gave birth to Cain, her first child, she did not suffer alone. She testified that “with the help of the Lord she brought forth her child.” Neither in childbirth nor our trials are we ever alone. All we have to do is call on our Savior Who is faithful to deliver, at the right time and way, when in faith, we let fear go.
There were no midwives attending the birth of God’s Son, Jesus Christ, but His “Father” was there. 

See the Fruit of My Trials

Scripture References:
Isaiah 66:9
Hebrews 12:2
Genesis 4:1
James 1:1-2
Matthew 27:46
John 3:3


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About Doula Faith

I am first and foremost a child of God, "born again" into the Kingdom of God through faith in my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. He has called me to be an "Encourager" of faith in His Son, Jesus Christ. I have learned through some painful trials of His unconditional love. The apple of my eye, is Jesus Christ, the Son of God, the Living Word.
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1 Response to The Birth Pangs of Faith

  1. Your's Sarika says:

    Great words of Wisdom and encouragement as we go through the trials in our lives.

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