And it Came To Pass

When I was a kid growing up, my Mother once told me that one of the phrases that is found in the Bible that was among her favorites was the phrase “And it came to pass.” The phrase “And it came to pass.” is found in the King James Bible an incredible 396 times! My Mother used to always say that this phrase spoke volumes to her because it reminded her of the fact that situations we face don’t come to stay; they come to pass. Whatever hard times and crisis situations you may be going through don’t come to stay, but instead come to pass. WOW! How profound that thought was to me as a child.

It’s probably been forty years ago since I first heard my Mother explain that to me. My mother has long since gone on to be with the Lord, but I have always hidden her words of wisdom and the things of God that she taught me deep within my heart. In my adult life I have found what my Mother told me to be true. I have seen the truth of it demonstrated over and over agin in my life. In the last forty years, I have been though my share of heartaches, trials, tests, and situations that I thought at the time I would never get through. But God has continually been faithful, and just as my Mother said, those times of testing and trials didn’t come to stay. I look back on some of the things that God has brought me through, and I am amazed and thankful that I am where I am today. Looking back at some of the trials and hard times of my life, I remember during many of the rough times I could not see the light in the end of the tunnel at times. There were many times that the situations I was facing seemed hopeless and unending. But, just as my Mother said, the hard times didn’t come to stay, they came to pass.

I encourage you to always remind yourself that when hard times come and you are going through tests in your life, that it won’t last forever. One day you will look back on the hard time you may be facing right now, and realize that it was all part of God’s plan to make and mold you into the person that He wants you to be. If you keep focused on God and don’t give up, difficult times and times of crisis will not destroy you, but it will build character in you. One day when someone is going through a tough situation that is similar to one you have been through, you will be able to encourage them, and speak from experience to them. When that time comes, the person that you encourage and help will be thankful that they found someone who can relate to their situation and encourage them.

So remember, troubles don’t come to stay, they come to pass.

Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal. – 2nd Corinthians 4:16-18

Thanks for reading!

Until Next Time,

Mark

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