A Time of Travail


I seems to me that the greatest struggle on earth has to be the struggle for life. There is a great struggle to birth life, to protect life, as well as to sustain life. Is there a lesson for us in that struggle? I think so.

(KJV) Genesis 3:16-17 “Unto the woman he said, I will greatly multiply thy sorrow and thy conception; in sorrow thou shalt bring forth children; and thy desire [shall be] to thy husband, and he shall rule over thee. And unto Adam he said, Because thou hast hearkened unto the voice of thy wife, and hast eaten of the tree, of which I commanded thee, saying, Thou shalt not eat of it: cursed [is] the ground for thy sake; in sorrow shalt thou eat [of] it all the days of thy life;”

There is an unmistakable law written into creation itself: the law of travail. It begins with the birth of the first child and culminates with the birth of the New Heavens and New Earth in the Book of Revelation. The Book of Revelation itself is a book of travail. We find churches in travail, nations in travail, and even heavenly bodies in travail.
In Genesis, the Lord informs Adam and Eve of the fact that because of their sin life would now be a struggle. It would be great travail to bear children, bring forth crops, and ultimately anything pertaining to life. Thus we find throughout history following the Fall, man struggling for life. The nation of Israel itself, God’s chosen people, would only come into being through great struggle and travail.

Why must it be this way? Why is everything in life such a struggle? I believe the answer lies in the beginning. God instituted this law of travail because of man’s disobedience. So what ultimate purpose does it accomplish?
In the garden man had access to the Tree of Life. Life was easy, delightful, beautiful, and perfect. Then came the great temptation, and with one suggestion man carelessly let go of life. How could he care for life so frivolously? How could he be so quick to let go of the most precious thing he had?
Before we take up stoning Adam and Eve let us examine ourselves. We have access to the Tree of Life, Jesus Christ, and yet we hold Him very carelessly. We sell out our devotion for much less all the time. So in light of this great injustice, God said life would come through great struggle and travail. I believe it was because man held the things of God so loosely.
You only value that which costs you something. Many Americans don’t value our great freedom because it hasn’t personally cost them anything. When you agonize, struggle, and travail for something, you guard it.

(KJV) John 16:21 “A woman when she is in travail hath sorrow, because her hour is come: but as soon as she is delivered of the child, she remembereth no more the anguish, for joy that a man is born into the world.”

Thankfully, there is another side to this story! The Lord never intended travail to be the last word. It is only a means to an end and not the end itself. The verse above tells of two sides: travail and joy. Travail lasts only for a season then joy takes over. The hours of labor and agony disappear in the joy of the new born baby.
Remember, I stated that the law of travail ends in the Book of Revelation. Notice the last two chapters and the things it says will be “no more”:
* No more sea (separation)
* No more death
* No more sorrow
* No more crying
* No more pain
* No more curse
* No more night
In the last chapter, the Lord tells us what WILL be there:
* Water of LIFE!
* Tree of LIFE!
* Book of LIFE!


(KJV) Romans 8:22 For we know that the whole creation groaneth and travaileth in pain together until now.

(KJV) Galatians 4:19 My little children, of whom I travail in birth again until Christ be formed in you,

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  • Amen! What gets me about this is that people look over the fact that life is not created from death…its created from life so it wa always alive. Great post!!