A man spoke frantically into the phone: “My wife is pregnant and her contractions are only two minutes apart!” “Is this her first child?” the doctor asked. “No!” the man shouted. “This is her husband!”
Any woman who has had a baby, or any husband who has been with his wife while delivering a baby, remembers how stressful those contractions can be. Perhaps that’s why Jesus compared the end times to a woman in travail of birth.
It’s easy to get discouraged when we see how sinful our world has become and how far from God our society has fallen. But Jesus told us that like increasing birth contractions, so evil would increase in frequency and intensity just prior to his return.
The Apostle Paul told us what to do as we see the evil increasing. He told us in Ephesians 5:16 that because the days are evil we have an even greater need to redeem the time.
Rick Grubbs is best known as the host of “Redeeming the Time,” a one-minute radio program featured on hundreds of radio outlets around the world. He has spoken thousands of times on Biblical time management in all 50 states and 26 other countries. He is the author of the book “Morning Momentum: God’s plan for launching an unstoppable day”. He and his wife Carrie live in Salisbury NC with several of their 12 children.