There was a famine.
In Genesis 26:2, God told Isaac not to go to Egypt, but to stay where he was. For God to make such a statement, meant that Isaac must have been thinking about leaving.
When ministry isn’t going the way you think it should, when it looks like you’ll never be promoted on that job, when it feels like nothing will ever change in your city, the first thing most people want to do is leave the situation, move to a new location or find employment elsewhere.
Isaac could have easily picked up and left, but what God was trying to get out of him and give to him and his descendants could only take place in the city that HE chose, not the city that Isaac chose. Our thoughts are not His thoughts and a lot of times we don’t see what God sees. Remember the land that Lot chose to dwell in? It looked good, but inside of that city was sin and wickedness.
The place that didn’t look like anything good could come out of it was the same place where God said He was going to bless Isaac. This reminds me of an oyster shell. It lacks outward beauty, but inside of it is hidden something beautiful. Our problems sometimes look just that shell, but you will never know the beauty hidden inside of them if you don’t confront it. Yes, you can move to a new city, join another church or find a new relationship, but that’s not always the answer. Just because you physically left a problem doesn’t mean that the problem has left you. You will face it again.
Don’t despise where you are. We all have to start somewhere. This is only the beginning. Zechariah 4:10 tells us your beginning is small, but it never said your end would be small. We love to quote the first part of Ecclesiastes 7:8, which says “better is the end of a thing than the beginning”, but what our spirit really needs to hear is the latter part of that verse: “a patient spirit is better”.
When a woman is pregnant, the longer she waits, the more her stomach grows. While we are waiting for the seed (word) God planted in us to manifest, we are growing. The changes we are going through is preparing us for what we are about to behold. A woman has pain when her time to give birth comes, but after she gives birth, she no longer remembers what she went through.
Your time has come. The pain you are experiencing now cannot be compared to the joy that is coming. Your joy is about to make you forget all the pain you went through. You can’t see the growth right now because it is an inward work, but in a little while everyone will know what you were pregnant with. You will see what God said.
I know sometimes we feel like if we had wings like a dove, we would fly away and find rest (Psalm 55:6), but learn instead to mount up with wings like an eagle (Isaiah 40:31) and rise above your situation.
Don’t run away from your struggle because out of your greatest struggle will come your greatest blessing.