Labor Pains by Charles H. Spurgeon

Labor Pains by Charles H. Spurgeon

   He who testifies to these things says, “Surely I am coming quickly.” Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus!

Revelation 22:20

   Have you seen videos of labor pain simulation? Electric currents to the abdomen of men cause muscle contractions that approximate the pain a woman feels during childbirth. Most childbirths are prolonged and painful. So it’s no surprise that Paul used labor pain as a way to illustrate the “groans and labors” that “the whole creation” is experiencing as it waits for the birth of the new earth (Romans 8:22-25).

Recommended Reading: Romans 8:22-25

    But it’s not just “creation” that is groaning and laboring; “we ourselves groan within ourselves, eagerly waiting for . . . the redemption of our body.” It is painfully obvious that things are not right with the world. And if we are honest with ourselves, things are not always right with us either. We know the world needs to be fixed, and we long for the day when there will be no more tears, death, sin, or pain (Revelation 21:4).

   But Jesus did not tell us when He would return (Mark 13:32; Acts 1:6-7). What to do in the interim? Pray as the apostle John prayed: “Even so, come, Lord Jesus!” (Revelation 22:20) And live in a manner that proves our longing for His appearing (1 Timothy 6:11-16).

   God’s people may groan, but they may not grumble.