Read Matthew 24:1–28
Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be famines and earthquakes in various places. All these are the beginning of birth pains (Matthew 24:7, 8).
The nightly news has begun. By the time it ends, reporters will cover the latest military conflict, increasing crime, devastating earthquakes, and record-setting weather. After the commercial break, we hear about deadly viruses, diseases with no known cure, inner cities filled with hate, and hungry children. In some countries, whole cities are starving.
Fires of unrest are sprouting in every nation, bloodshed their answer for everything. Death tolls are rising on all fronts. The newscaster ends his broadcast on a happy note, but even a heart-touching story cannot erase the images just seen.
All these “birthing pains” were foretold by Jesus. They are laborious but leading somewhere. With each contraction, the world announces the delivery of something grand—the arrival of a new kingdom—one filled with righteousness.
Challenge for Today: Be patient, the delivery will be on time, and soon.
Quicklook: Matthew 24:4–8
—Charles Earl Harrel
God’s Word for Today © 2007 Gospel Publishing House. Used by permission.