The Lord Redeemer
At our church, we have a One Church, One Book campaign that has been going on for two years now. Each month we read a different book of the Bible. Last month, we read the first half of the minor prophets, and this month we are reading from Micah to Malachi. Today is was reading Micah 4 and came across this verse:
"Be in pain, and labor to bring forth, O daughter of Zion, like a woman in birth pangs. For now you shall go forth from the city, you shall dwell in the field, and to Babylon you shall go. There you shall be delivered; there the Lord will redeem you from the hand of your enemies" (Micah 4:10).
I've noticed in my life that when things seem to get difficult and struggles begin to pile up on me, I am close to a breakthrough that only the Lord can offer.
The things that are important to us take time and energy to accomplish. A novel doesn't write itself; it takes time for the author to get ideas and concepts out and onto the written page. A teacher doesn't teach all the information students need to know each year; he or she builds on the framework established the year before. A garden doesn't merely spring up from the ground (although, some of my green thumb friends make it appear that way!); it takes time to cultivate and work the ground to grow fruit, vegetables, and flowers.
If you're going through something today that seems exceedingly difficult, like one more moment of this trial will break you, HOLD ON! The Lord your Redeemer will deliver you from your enemies!