Do you ever wonder what God is doing in your life?
You may not see any purpose in the pain you're enduring. But God knows exactly what He is doing with you.
Awhile back, I was going through a really tough time. I needed reassurance that God still had a plan to bring hope into disastrous circumstances.
Then the Lord led me to Isaiah 46:3-4: “Listen to Me, O house of Jacob, and all the remnant of the house of Israel, who have been upheld by Me from birth, who have been carried from the womb: Even to your old age, I am He, and even to gray hairs I will carry you! I have made, and I will bear; even I will carry, and will deliver you.”
I looked up a few keywords from this text in my trusty Strong's Concordance, and I was blown away by what I found. Get this:
The word “carry,” used twice in the phrase, “even to gray hairs I will carry you! I have made, and I will bear; even I will carry…” is the Hebrew word that means “to carry, to be gravid.”
“Gravid” means pregnant.
I'm not suggesting that God is a woman; He's not. The point is that God Himself is saying in this Scripture that He is pregnant with you.
The same way a woman carries her baby in her womb–nurturing the child, caring for the child, planning and dreaming for the child–God is carrying you in Himself.
Wow. Think about it:
- A pregnant woman thinks constantly of her baby. God thinks constantly of you (Psalm 139:17-18).
- A pregnant woman has a plan for her child. The child is too immature to know about momma's plan, and he can't understand it. But momma will work out her plan. God has a plan for you (Jeremiah 29:11). He knows what He's going to do and when. We don't always see or comprehend, but Daddy God has it all under control and will work it out for your best.
- A pregnant woman looks forward into her child's future with great excitement. Father God sees your entire future already (Psalm 139:16), and He's full of excitement and joy about it.
There are additional nuggets in this text. The word “made,” as in “I have made, and I will bear,” is used to describe all aspects of divine actions. God made you on purpose by His own divine action.
The word “bear” in the same phrase means “lift, carry;” it is used of the undertaking of the responsibilities for sins of others by substitution or representation. That's exactly what Jesus did, bearing your sins and my sins all the way to the cross of Calvary. He took the penalty for our sins upon Himself. He bore our sins on our behalf, and now we can be free from sin.
The word “deliver” means “escaping from any kind of danger, such as an enemy, a trap, or temptress.” God Himself is keeping you. You can trust Him. No man can snatch you out of His hand (John 10:28).
No matter what you are going through right now, you are God's baby.
He loves you and is holding on tightly to you. He is pregnant with you, and is sustaining you in Himself at this very moment. He will continue to be pregnant with you the rest of your life, even when you get old. He knows exactly what's going on in your life, and He knows what He will make of you.
So hang in there. Daddy God has it all under control.
What are some other ways you can think of that God takes care of us, the same way a pregnant woman cares for her baby? Leave a comment below; I'd love to hear your ideas!