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Daily Bread (A World In Labor)

November 18, 2005

A World In Labor

Romans 88-25

The whole creation groans and labors with birth pangs together until now. —Romans 82

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Every now and then the earth lets out a moan. Sometimes it's more of a scream, like a mother giving birth.

The apostle Paul said that "the whole creation groans and labors" (Romans 82). These groans often take the form of earthquakes, landslides, hurricanes, or tsunamis.

A song by Sarah McLachlan speaks to this instability and the often tragic results of such geologic flailing. Called "World On Fire," one verse describes dealing with tragedy this way:

"I watch the heavens and I find a calling; something I can do to change this moment. Stay close to me while the sky is falling; don't want to be left alone."

We aren't alone in longing for Jesus, our Savior, to return. As we wait, He is our constant companion. Like the earth, we rant and rave for God to make things right. We as His followers are called to wait "with perseverance" (v.25) in spite of our earthly uncertainties. Someday all of creation "will be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God" (v.21).

Jesus said that He would be with us always, "even to the end of the age" (Matthew 280). And we can trust Him to keep His word. —Dale Beaver

When earthquakes and calamities
Increasingly appear,
Look up, trust God, He's in control—
Redemption's drawing near. —Hess

Jesus makes possible our new birth and nature's rebirth.