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“A great sign appeared in heaven: a woman clothed with the sun, and the moon under her feet, and on her head a crown of twelve stars; and she was with child; and she cried out, being in labor and in pain to give birth” (Revelation 12:1-2).

Knowing these things, what kind of people ought we to be?  We know that the Lord is creating a people to be His in eternity.  Are we to build earthy kingdoms?  Are we to focus on being a great church?  We are called by the Lord, and we belong to Him.  He will gather us as He wills.  The real question is, “How is your walk with Jesus?”  Of course, there is pain amidst the birthing process.

Lord, I know the pain and I am often confused.  What do I do with the injustice around me?  But then You say to me, “Come, follow me.”  Help the direction of my steps to be that which follows You.  Where I am wrong, correct my path.  Even if that means my turning around, help me to be faithful to the direction You set.  When I complain and cry out for justice and mercy, remind me to look at the cross.

Lord Jesus, You have paid the price for sin in the world.  You are reconciling those who see the light, hear Your voice, and live in the call You have given them.  Keep me firmly planted in the will of the Father and help me to learn what it means to take up my cross and follow You.  Keep me focused upon You and not all the pain that is happening because of the birthing process of Your eternal bride.  Amen.