And it came to pass, when she was in hard labor, that the midwife said unto her, Fear not; thou shalt have this son also.
Things didn’t go well with this birth. Rachel dies giving birth to her son (v.18). She calls him Benoni meaning “son of my sorrow or misfortune”, but his father called him Benjamin meaning “son of honor or good fortune.”
Interesting isn’t it how one thing can be perceived in different ways by different people? Rachel thought of this as misfortune, her husband as good fortune. One saw it as sorrow, while another saw it as honor.
What kind of a name will you make for yourself? Give your all … do the best that you can do … and nothing that you have done for the Lord will be in vain. In the midst of sorrow is where God gives us honor. What we may see disguised as misfortune, in the hands of God, is good (Rom.8:28).
Fear not because in all that we do for the Lord, whether in life or in death, it is a matter of perspective … view life from God’s point of view and sorrow will be turned to honor and misfortune into good.